And it came to pass, when the priests came out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the Lord, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord. (1 Kings 8:10-11)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD. God’s glory. God’s Word. The pre-incarnate Jesus filled the house of the LORD. He flooded the holy place with His presence. On the other hand, if men try to fill the house of the LORD with anything else other than His glory, His Word, they’re attempting to build a cathedral to their own glory out of dirt and ash.
Therefore, Jesus says, “Take no thought for your life” (look at the fowls of the air, the lilies of the field), “but seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:24-34). You aren’t called to know, or be clever, or proficient, or energetic, or talented, or well-adjusted. Your vocation is simply to be faithful to the mystery of God’s glory who always abides with us. This Jesus, who comes to you through earthly words, water, bread, and wine.
What the world needs to hear isn’t any of your ideas, clever or simple; none of those can comfort a single troubled soul. It needs to hear—and above all see—your commitment to waiting for the glory of the LORD to fill the house of the LORD: the only Lord who has the keys of death (Revelation 1:18).
And after all the years the Church has suffered under nice preachers, winning orators, compelling pulpiteers, clerical bigmouths, young punks, and pompous old men, how good to hear that God sends His pastors to preach only about His promises in Jesus Christ. Better yet, He doesn’t fill His house with clouds of smoke anymore. This is the God who now sets out a heavenly feast every time the true Church gathers in His Name. This is His glory. When He pours Himself down your mouth. The New Testament in His Blood. Two hundred-proof Gospel. The glory of the LORD, the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ given and shed for you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
King of kings yet born of Mary, As of old on earth He stood, Lord of lords in human vesture, In the body and the blood, He will give to all the faithful His own self for heav’nly food. (Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, LSB 621:2)