Paul Keith Davis
The Glory of God Filling the Temple
By Paul Keith Davis
When I was in college, a substantial number of students on campus loved the Lord. This was in the mid-70s when Maranatha university fellowships were flourishing. I found myself heavily involved in two Christian camps, and even being the student leader of a gathering that met every Wednesday with about 300 students, for worship and bible study.
Following college, I pursued business interests, and did no public speaking for the next ten years. Eventually, the Lord dealt profoundly with me in 1989, concerning my calling and destiny. I once again started speaking and sharing the gospel in public forums. The first message that I preached, I took 2 Chronicles 5 as my text, saying,
When the priests came forth from the holy place (for all the priests who were present had sanctified themselves, without regard to divisions)…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.
— 2 Chr 5:11 14
This Scripture reflected my desire then, and it does even more so today. Our heart aches to see God’s Glory filling His Temple. There was something significant about the 120 coming together in unison and harmony to produce this atmosphere. The entire company worked cohesively to glorify God with musicians, singers and priests all doing their part as one sound. This temple experience outlined in Solomon’s day represents the Church as a corporate body and us individually as His Temple. Paul said, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? (1 Corinthians 6:19)
When Solomon completed his prayer of dedication, something profound happened. God manifested Himself in power! The expressions, harmony, unison, dedication, prayer, and glorifying God, are all essential ingredients in the recipe to see God’s Glory.
A Greater Covenant
The apostle Paul reminded the Church of his day and ours that,
if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was, how will the ministry of the Spirit fail to be even more with glory? —2 Corinthians 3:7-8
The Glory that came in the old covenant was not lasting, but the Holy Spirit is promised to be with us until the end of this age. The law was a shadow of what we are to have in reality. If Moses could encounter the Lord to such and extent that his face was illuminated, how much more should we. That is a challenge we feel emanating directly from God’s heart.
In Solomon’s dedication, God’s glory was tangible. It was seen and felt by everyone present. It wasn’t an allusion or a figment of their imagination, but the manifestation of God’s goodness and glory to exemplify His character. Our experience with Him must be equally as real. There is something noble and awesome being awakened in this generation that is insisting upon our experience being genuine and tangible.
Solomon’s temple is a symbolic representation of our individual bodies, and the corporate body coming together as one. We are to be filled with God’s Spirit and His glory so completely, that we shine as a light in a dark place. We will then illumine this generation with the knowledge of God and transform hopelessness into divine destiny.
There are numerous historical accounts of individuals who drew near to God in their quest to know Him. For some, the residue of their encounters with Him could be seen in their countenance. It was reported in the sixth century, concerning Columba of Iona, that God’s Heavenly illumination was often seen on his face and surrounding him during sessions of prayer. The end-of-the-age is the time of harvest and fullness of all things. This reality will rest upon an entire company of radical believers as it did these forerunners and more.
Life in Christ often appears as foolishness to the unbelieving masses. Nevertheless, we must run the risk of looking foolish in order to apprehend God and experience His Glory. That is not to say that we act foolishly or in any way haughty! If we are persecuted for these qualities, then it is our own doing. However if we, as mature believers, stand for truth and are ridiculed, then a spiritual principle is set in motion that will become fruitful.
A Door of Opportunity
It seems clear that this generation stands at the door of tremendous opportunity to encounter God and change our present age. It is imperative that we allow His Spirit to groom and prepare us for our responsibilities. Judgment has begun in God’s house, primarily because it is His desire to grant close encounters with Him and give us “meat in due season”
I had a strange thing occur in January that the Lord has wonderfully indicated as a door of opportunity, if we will sincerely pursue it. This is my “Jubilee” year, and as I was in prayer, I found myself saying, “Lord, all the foolish things I have done in my past are enough for one lifetime… please let the remaining days of my life be spent in your perfect will.”
When I prayed that heartfelt petition, I did not consciously know that I was reciting a scripture. A day or so later, I opened my Bible to read before bed, and was surprised when it fell open to 1 Peter 4:2-3 saying,
so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousals, drinking parties and abominable idolatries.
I am sure at some point I had read this passage, but it was not at the forefront of my mind when I prayed for a line of demarcation in my life. I knew the Lord was giving the Scripture as a promise for those who genuinely assert that appeal from their hearts.
This truth so impacted me, that I planned to share it at Chuck Pierce’s, “Start the Year off Right Conference,” where I was invited as one of the speakers. Interestingly, the day before my appointed session, Pastor Joseph Garlington ministered a wonderful word that set the stage for my message. At the conclusion of his session, he led the approximately 3500 in attendance in a prophetic song. The words were, “about this time tomorrow, everything’s gonna change.”
The people sang this chorus repetitively for quite some time. While this was taking place, my son leaned over to me and reminded me that my session would be at this time tomorrow.
Although I intended to highlight the prophetic proclamation from the day before, I actually forgot about it by the time my message was concluding. As the altar call, I shared the truth of 1 Peter 4:2-3 and reiterated the Lord’s promise to help us live in His will. As a prophetic act, I had the people take a step forward as an indication of their earnest desire to live the remaining days of their lives, free from the spirit of this world and its desires.
When I did, one of the leaders reminded me of pastor Garlington’s chorus and further indicated that the people began to recite that proclamation at exactly 4:02 PM, the day before — “about this time tomorrow, everything’s gonna change.” This seemed to be a clear confirmation of 1 Peter 4:2.
God’s people are proclaiming their own destiny and declaring transformation, personally and corporately. This change, however, is for God’s people to be transported from the spirit of this world, into harmony with Him; as Peter put it, “out of darkness into His marvelous light.” This realignment will lay the platform for us to experience tangible releases of His Glory and manifested presence.
The Glory of the Shed Blood of Jesus in Worship
by JoAnn McFatter
We are at the edge of stepping across a threshold in worship like no other time in history. There are so many things that have been saved for this last hour, worship being one of the main venues of the release that is coming. I know that worship has barely touched what it is able to release into the atmosphere and will play a big role in the release of the miracles and salvation that are about to be displayed in the earth.
For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved IT IS THE POWER OF GOD – 1 Cor. 1:17-18
Christ crucified…I consistently find myself coming back to the power of the cross and the blood of Jesus in my thoughts. In fact, I pray for songs that will portray it in such a way that no man can stand in the opening up of the revelation of the resurrection power of Jesus Christ. It’s the power of the blood that surpasses all the melodies, all the poetry of words, all the reasoning and understanding of man. I would urge all worship leaders to ask the Holy Spirit for songs that bring revelation and release the power of the blood in the hearts of worshippers everywhere.
God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. – Gal. 6:14
The power that is in one drop of the blood of Jesus would make the atom bomb look like a little firecracker. We must come into the revelation of the act of the shedding of His blood for ALL mankind, that nothing would be able to stand in resistance to the authority of it – no disease or infirmity, not even death. I believe that He is going to reveal the power of Jesus’ blood in these last days. We would do well to begin to seek the Lord on this and ask Him to give the songs that bring the glory of this revelation in the midst of the congregation.
Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory. – Ps.63:2
I know in my heart that songs about the blood and the cross of Christ will bring His glory into the room like nothing else as we step into that place of understanding the power that lies therein. The glory of God was made manifest upon the earth by the Word made flesh in Jesus and what He came to this earth to do. We need more worship songs that the whole body can join in with the hosts of heaven giving Him what He deserves in the way of recognition for what He did on the cross on our behalf.
Saying with a loud voice,
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing. – Rev. 5:12
It’s all about the Lamb that was slain — the only One worthy to take the book and to break its seal. Let the revelation of His worthiness be revealed to us and become an ever unfolding revelation in us. Let the power of what He did on that cross be sung in our hearts and with our mouths to release into the atmosphere faith that ignites with His glory. Let the resurrection power of His shed blood be released in our hearts and fill the atmosphere with songs and worship pertaining to this truth. Let it bring the mass healings in worship that are, truly, just around the corner.
There is something to the sound of glory being given to Him in honor of what He did on the cross and what His blood has already accomplished – resurrection life! That means the dead raised, and the healing of ALL manner of diseases. We need to have the sound and the songs being written and released, filling the temple with His glory cloud. This revelation will activate faith in the hearts of men and women and children as we become one with Him in this truth being made manifest. The songs will release it in the midst of the congregation through us and to us.
Lord, let it be and let it be now. Release Your angels with those songs that have been saved for this very hour for the great last revival, causing the hearts of humanity to be healed physically, mentally and spiritually by the power thereof. Lord, let the healings, miracles, and salvations come in the midst of worship, as we all join with one voice and one sound, singing those very songs so that no man would receive glory – only You. Amen.
And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony. – Rev. 12:11
Let us position ourselves to receive from the storehouse of heaven those songs that have been saved for this time that speak of the resurrection power of the blood of the Lamb, Christ crucified, and our own testimony of overcoming by that very power applied in our lives. O, that the glory cloud would come suddenly and fill the temple so that no man could stand in the manifest presence of His glory as a result of this worship rising as an incense to his throne, alluring Him to come. Come Lord!