“Rather, you must seek the Lord your God at the place of worship he himself will choose from among all the tribes—the place where his name will be honoured.” Deuteronomy 12:5
Do not equivocate God’s name with the name of any other deity.
Where He would be worshiped would be a place of revelation as worshipers continually exalt His character and voice the stories and songs about His working. God desired a place of encounter of relationship,of dwelling. From the earliest mention of a tabernacle God intimated His desire to enjoy an exalted nearness amidst His people.
“Have the people of Israel build me a holy sanctuary so I can live among them.” Exodus 25:8
To “live among them” is a relational affair.
Solomon knew that the temple was not God’s domicile. As he dedicated the fabulous structure, he prayed —
“But will God really live on earth among people? Why, even the highest heavens cannot contain you. How much less this Temple I have built!” – 2 Chronicles 6:18
Solomon installed the choirs and priestly musicians that his father had planned. These choirs were to continually praise and glorify the Lord using some of David’s dedicatory hymn found in 1 Chronicles 16:23-33.
People of other nations would seek to know the God of Israel personally. Listen to Solomon’s astounding prayer —
“In the future, foreigners who do not belong to your people Israel will hear of you. They will come from distant lands because of your name, 42 for they will hear of your great name and your strong hand and your powerful arm. And when they pray toward this Temple, 43 then hear from heaven where you live, and grant what they ask of you. In this way, all the people of the earth will come to know and fear you, just as your own people Israel do. They, too, will know that this Temple I have built honors your name.” – 1 Kings 8:41-43