1 Kings 8:27-29 (ESV)
27 “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built! 28 Yet have regard to the prayer of your servant and to his plea, O Lord my God, listening to the cry and to the prayer that your servant prays before you this day, 29 that your eyes may be open night and day toward this house, the place of which you have said, ‘My name shall be there,’ that you may listen to the prayer that your servant offers toward this place.
A lot of gold and silver were collected for the construction of God’s temple. Solomon spent a lot of resources on building his own palace. It took him thirteen years to build his palace and seven years to build the temple for God. Solomon’s temple was of much grander scale. God’s temple was majestic as well with all of the details and plans provided by God himself.
When it came time for the dedication of the temple, Solomon asked the question in his prayer on whether God can dwell with man on earth. He answers that question himself that the highest heaven cannot contain God, let alone this house he built for God. God cannot be contained within a church building, facility or in your home. He is everywhere and listens to all of our prayers night and day. In 1 Corinthians 3:16, we are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives within us. How am I doing in keeping God’s temple “clean and tidy” or do I need to do some major spring cleaning? I will need to revisit how I dedicate God’s temple today.