“And there I have set there a place for the ark, in which is the covenant of the Lord which He made with our fathers, when He brought them out of the land of Egypt.”… “Lord God of Israel, there is no God in heaven above or on earth below like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts.” 1 Kings 8: 21, 23
.2 Chronicles 5, 6, 7:1-11
The Ark Brought into Solomon’s Temple
The time was in the month Ethanim, in a jubilee year, a time of assembling all the people together for the feast of the tabernacles. Solomon resolved on commencing the ceremony a few days before the feast of tabernacles, this seems the best and most appropriate of all seasons to bring up the ark from Zion and dedication of the temple.
Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the chief fathers of the children of Israel, in Jerusalem, that they might bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord up from the City of David, which is Zion. All the men of Israel assembled with the king at the feast which was in the seventh month. All the elders of Israel came, and the Levites took up the ark. Then they brought up the ark, the tabernacle of meeting, and all the holy furnishings that were in the tabernacle. The priests and the Levites brought them up. King Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel who were assembled with him before the ark were sacrificing sheep and oxen…
Then the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the Lord to its place, into the inner sanctuary of the temple, to the Most Holy Place, under the wings of the cherubim. For the cherubim spread their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubim overshadowed the ark and its poles. Nothing was in the ark except the two tablets which Moses put there at Horeb, when the Lord made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they had come out of Egypt.
And it came to pass when the priests came out of the Most Holy Place (for all the priests who were present had sanctified themselves), the Levites who were the singers, all those of Asaph and Heman and Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, stood at the east end of the altar clothed in white linen—having cymbals, stringed instruments and harps, and with them one hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets…
Indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying:
“For He is good! For His mercy endures forever!” that the house of the Lord was filled with a cloud—so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.”
Solomon Dedicates the Temple 6:3-7:11
Then the king turned around and blessed the whole assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel was standing. And he said:
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who has fulfilled with His hands what He spoke with His mouth to my father David, saying, ‘Since the day that I brought My people out of the land of Egypt, I have chosen no city from any tribe of Israel in which to build a house, that My name might be there, nor did I choose any man to be a ruler over My people Israel. Yet I have chosen Jerusalem, that My name may be there, and I have chosen David to be over My people Israel.’
Now it was in the heart of my father David to build a temple for the name of the Lord God of Israel. But the Lord said to my father David,
‘Whereas it was in your heart to build a temple for My name, you did well in that it was in your heart. Nevertheless you shall not build the temple, but your son who will come from your body, he shall build the temple for My name.’
So the Lord has fulfilled His word which He spoke, and I have filled the position of my father David, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the Lord promised; and I have built the temple for the name of the Lord God of Israel. And there I have put the ark, in which is the covenant of the Lord which He made with the children of Israel.”
Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication 6:12-17
Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands (for Solomon had made a bronze platform five cubits long, five cubits wide, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court… before all the assembly of Israel, spread out his hands toward heaven and he said:
“Lord God of Israel, there is no God in heaven or on earth like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts. You have kept what You promised Your servant David my father. You have both spoken with Your mouth and fulfilled it with Your hand, as it is this day. Therefore, Lord God of Israel, now keep what You promised Your servant David my father, saying, “You shall not fail to have a man sit before Me on the throne of Israel, only if your sons take heed to their way, that they walk in My law as you have walked before Me.’ And now, O Lord God of Israel, let Your word come true, which You have spoken to Your servant David.
…When each one knows his own burden and his own grief, and spreads out his hands to this temple: then hear from heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You alone know the hearts of the sons of men, that they may fear You, to walk in Your ways as long as they live in the land which You gave to our fathers.
“Now therefore, Arise, O Lord God, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your strength. Let Your priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation, and let Your saints rejoice in goodness. “O Lord God, do not turn away the face of Your Anointed. Remember the mercies of Your servant David.”
7: 1-3, 11
When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the 1temple. And the priests could not enter the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house. When all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord on the temple, they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement, and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying:
“For He is good, For His mercy endures forever.”
Thus Solomon finished the house of the Lord and the king’s house, and Solomon successfully accomplished all that came into his heart to make in the house of the Lord and in his own house.
Thanksgiving to God for His Enduring Mercy
1 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
2 Oh, give thanks to the God of gods! For His mercy endures forever.
3 Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords! For His mercy endures forever:
4 To Him who alone does great wonders, for His mercy endures forever.
5 To Him who by wisdom made the heavens, for His mercy endures forever.
6 To Him who laid out the earth above the waters, for His mercy endures forever.
7 To Him who made great lights, for His mercy endures forever—
8 The sun to rule by day, for His mercy endures forever.
9 The moon and stars to rule by night, for His mercy endures forever.
10 To Him who struck Egypt in their firstborn, for His mercy endures forever.
11 And brought out Israel from among them, for His mercy endures forever.
12 With a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm, for His mercy endures forever.
13 To Him who divided the Red Sea in two, for His mercy endures forever.
14 And made Israel pass through the midst of it, for His mercy endures forever.
15 But overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea, for His mercy endures forever.
16 To Him who led His people through the wilderness, for His mercy endures forever;
17 To Him who struck down great kings, for His mercy endures forever.
18 And slew famous kings, for His mercy endures forever—
19 Sihon king of the Amorites, for His mercy endures forever;
20 And Og king of Bashan, for His mercy endures forever—
21 And gave their land as a heritage, for His mercy endures forever.
22 A heritage to Israel His servant, for His mercy endures forever.
23 Who remembered us in our lowly state, for His mercy endures forever;
24 And rescued us from our enemies, for His mercy endures forever.
25 Who gives food to all flesh, for His mercy endures forever.
26 Oh, give thanks to the God of heaven! For His mercy endures forever.