2 Chronicles 5:12-14 (NASB):
“and all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their sons and kinsmen, clothed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps and lyres, standing east of the altar, and with them one hundred and twenty priests blowing trumpets in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the Lord saying, ‘He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting,’ then the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.”
I absolutely love this Scripture!
First, I love how all the singers and band players sang and played at the same time, in one accord. That must have been a glorious, awesome sound! If only the Church would do this again.
Another thing that I love about this Scripture is that the glory of the Lord filled the house with a cloud. The priests could not stand and minister due to the cloud which was the glory of the Lord! If only the Church had that much faith so God could do this nowadays!
And the fact that it was the glory of the Lord that caused the priests to fall on their knees. God gently brought them to their knees. It reminds me of the song, “Sweetly Broken” by Jeremy Riddle. The chorus goes like this:
“At the cross You beckon me
You draw me gently to my knees, and I am
Lost for words, so lost in love,
I’m sweetly broken, wholly surrendered.”
God gently brings us to our knees. I know many Christians, sadly, view God as harsh and punitive. They believe that God can be harsh and makes bad things happen.
I’ve been through a great deal of hard times throughout my life. I can attest that God has been my comfort if I allow Him to be and don’t turn away from Him.
Our God is a gentle God! As parents, instead of forcing our children down on their knees, may we allow God to gently bring them to their knees. May we follow God’s loving example and parent with gentle firmness.