After the temple was dedicated, the people of Israel feasted, but the celebration wasn’t confined to Jerusalem; it extended to all of Solomon’s empire (v. 65). The offering made during this multiple-day feast was staggering: twenty-two thousand oxen and one hundred and twenty thousand sheep and goats were sacrificed to the Lord. No wonder, then, that when the feast was over, the people “went to their homes joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that the Lord had shown to David his servant and to Israel his people” (v. 66). The natural response to God’s extravagant blessing should be our extravagant worship, although no worship we might offer God should ever feel completely satisfactory.
When was the last time you worshiped God extravagantly? When have you experienced God’s extravagant blessing—which is made known to us most in the gospel—and were compelled to worship in response to such a degree that it could not be contained? May this be the regular posture of our hearts. May our worship not be contained to an hour or two as a gathered church, nor a single day. May we worship in such a way that we cannot stop—that as we gather, we come with hearts overflowing with gratitude, and as we scatter, we do so with hearts and lips overflowing with praise.
What can you do this week to extend your worship beyond your worship gathering?