“Now when Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the house. The priests could not enter into the house of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled the Lord’s house. All the sons of Israel, seeing the fire come down and the glory of the Lord upon the house, bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave praise to the Lord, saying, “Truly He is good, truly His lovingkindness is everlasting.” II Chronicles 7:1-3 NASB
In II Chronicles 6 we see all of Israel gathered together in Jerusalem for the dedication of the newly built Temple. In this same chapter King Solomon prayed a prayer of dedication of the Temple to the Lord. God was obviously pleased with the Temple and its dedication. However, Solomon and the nation of Israel was not there simply dedicating a building to the Lord, they were also dedicating themselves to the Lord.
As a sign of God’s pleasure with their dedication God consumed the offering with a mighty fire from heaven and filled the Temple with His glory. The priests were there anxiously waiting to fulfill their priestly duties. However, the glory of God filled the house of the Lord so mightily that the priest could not enter. That is true revival. When God shows up and takes over.
When the people saw the glory of God fall from heaven they were compelled to worship. They didn’t have to be coerced through emotional means; they were moved by the presence of an almighty God. I would imagine it would have been impossible not to have worshiped God upon that day. They were not moved by song or sermon-only the glory of God.
True revival is when God’s glory falls down, takes over, and consumes. The song filled with skilful tunes and tones nor the most intellectual words of wisdom through sermon can bring about revival. Are those things vital and important? Absolutely. However, the glory of God, and only the glory of God, brings about true revival.
A pastor trying to motivate the members to move from the pew to the mission field in their own community and beyond can become greatly frustrated, likewise, a soul winner sharing the gospel with an individual with a hardened heart. He cannot move them through his own motivating efforts regardless of how passionate or knowledgeable he is. Only the glory of God can move them. Should he not compel them through sermon? Absolutely, he should. However, at the same time, he should prayerfully seek the presence of God to fall down upon the congregation and move them through His glory. Only God can move the masses, lost or saved. Let us then join together and pray for revival by praying for the glory of God to fall down upon us and consume us and for God to move the masses, lost and saved through His glory.