“For the next seven days Solomon and all Israel celebrated the Festival of Shelters. A large congregation had gathered from as far away as Lebo-hamath in the north and the Brook of Egypt in the south. On the eighth day they had a closing ceremony, for they had celebrated the dedication of the altar for seven days and the Festival of Shelters for seven days. Then at the end of the celebration, Solomon sent the people home. They were all joyful and glad because the Lord had been so good to David and to Solomon and to his people Israel.” 7:8-10
Two weeks of feasting and celebrating! Americans, can I just say we vastly underestimate the importance of celebration? We prefer schedules, plans and paper plates. But in the Bible, I see lots and lots of festivals, feasts and celebrations all under the umbrella of worship.
I love the last sentence from those verses above. There is plenty to celebrate over! And plenty to complain about. Obviously, the completion of the Temple and God descending upon it is a huge, not-every-day deal. But in general, even when there isn’t a huge event, we have a choice to rejoice alongside God’s people for all that he’s done and all that he’s doing.
How do you celebrate God because the Lord has been so good? What does it look like? What can you feast over?