Have you ever attended a church’s launching? If not, how does your church celebrate anniversaries? With all the church anniversaries that I attended, there were churches that celebrate through programs and lots of food (some pot luck, while others cater), while other churches just thank God for their anniversary. Whatever it is, whether launching or anniversary, it is still a celebration to praise and worship God for bringing us into communities and for the development of churches.
In 2 Chronicles 5, King Solomon dedicated the Lord’s Temple with a very big celebration. It states in 2 Chronicles 5:11-14 (HCSB):
Now all the priests who were present had consecrated themselves regardless of their divisions. When the priests came out of the holy place, the Levitical singers dressed in fine linen and carrying cymbals, harps, and lyres were standing east of the altar, and with them were 120 priests blowing trumpets. The Levitical singers were descendants of Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun and their sons and relatives. The trumpeters and singers joined together to praise and thank the Lord with one voice. They raised their voices, accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and musical instruments, in praise to the Lord:
For He is good; His faithful love endures forever.
The temple, the Lord’s temple, was filled with a cloud. And because of the cloud, the priests were not able to continue ministering, for the glory of the Lord filled God’s temple.
That was definitely an awesome sight and some marvelous sounds. They even sang the phrase “For He is good; His faithful love endures forever,” which was the same as when David brought back the ark to Jerusalem.
Actually, we don’t have to celebrate like Solomon did. It’s really not about the church building anymore, but the Body of Christ. What we could really do is to dedicate and to commit our lives to the Lord. This is what dedication is really about. It says in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20: “Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.” This means, we are God’s temple, so we worship Him through our lives (Rom. 12:1).
When God called me to study in a seminary, I actually asked Him what major should I take, and He led me to 2 Chronicles 5:11-14. This is the reason why I chose Master of Divinity with Worship Leadership. I’m so glad I did. I was able to learn more about the Bible (both Old and New Testament, and in their original languages), about worship, and church music. Now, by God’s grace, I’m able to impart what I’ve learned to my students who are also pastors, worship leaders, and church workers.