Dearest brethren,


In 2 Chronicles chapter 5, the temple has been completed and preparations are being made for its
dedication. David had desired to build a permanent dwelling place for the ark of God. He was denied thatprivilege because he was a man of war but God said his son Solomon would do it. So Solomon, when he became king, build a magnificent temple for the Lord.

Now the exciting thing about the dedication of this temple was that it symbolized the permanent
return of God’s presence in Israel. It implied that God had established His people in the land of promise, never to wander again. So the people assembled together with one intention: to bring the presence of God back. They came in faith to contend for His presence.

In 2 Chr. 5:2 Now 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. NKJV

When the Priests and Levites brought in the ark, Solomon and all the people sacrificed sheep and
oxen that could not be numbered. They were intensive in their worship. These sacrifices represented the very best these worshippers had to offer. The ark was placed in its place in the inner sanctuary of the temple. Then this happened:

2 Chr. 5:11-14 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, without keeping to their divisions), 12 and 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 — 13 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, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God. NKJV

When they lifted up their “VOICE” to worship the Lord in one accord, saying for He is good and His mercy endures forever, (notice the singular “voice,”) the house of the Lord was filled with a cloud, for the glory of’ the Lord filled the house. The Holy Spirit is the One who communicates the presence of God. He does this especially where believers in one accord worship Jesus. He brings an awareness of the power of God and makes God’s presence real to us. He’s the Messenger or Conveyor of God’s presence. The glory of God is God’s manifest presence. It represents the goodness of God and all that He is.

Many people don’t understand how vital corporate worship is. They think it’s just the beginning
session of the service to allow latecomers enough time to arrive and then the real service will begin. If we all came together to worship the Lord for His goodness in faith and with a desire for His presence like these people did, we would always experience His supernatural power in a greater measure.

In Acts 4:23-31 the apostles and other Christians gathered together with their own company.
When they lifted up their “VOICE” to the Lord in praise/prayer the house was shaken and they were filled with the Holy Spirit. Every child of God needs to find his “own company” or his/her own local church and then assemble together with others on a regular basis to worship the Lord. If you don’t do that, you’ll miss out on a lot of what God wants to do in your life through His corporate manifest presence. There are some things that God will not do when you worship Him alone because He has reserved them for the corporate body of Christ. Somebody said: “Some assembly is required” for you to be fully equipped to fulfill God’s plan and purpose for your life. Brethren, take time to avail yourself of corporate worship.