Now it happened that when the priests had come out of the Holy Place, the cloud filled the Lord’s house, so the priests could not stand [in their positions] to minister because of the cloud, for the glory and brilliance of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house (temple). 1 Kings 8:10-11
As “the glory of the Lord had filled” the tabernacle at its inauguration, so also it fills the temple. Rabbinic scholars’ spoke of the visible presence of God’s dwelling with His people as the Shekinah glory. The Shekinah glory had been with Israel at Sinai, had gone with them through the wilderness wanderings, and had led them into the Promised Land, Although it would later leave the temple, it would return to the millennial temple and to His redeemed people Israel. However, before that future day, God again tabernacled among His people in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ who, having secured our redemption, now dwells within the believer, whom He has taken into union with Himself. Ultimately all believers will enjoy God’s presence throughout all eternity. Note that the Holy Spirit came in visible power to the church at its inception.
Meditate on the great privileges of knowing God and being able to come into His presence. – Tim Chester