And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord:
“For He is good,
For His mercy endures forever toward Israel.” Then all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.
The laying (again) of the temple foundation was cause for great rejoicing among the people of God. Here is where the temple would be built, here is where the priests would minister, here is the place the sacrifice for sins, here is where the covenant of God was remembered and God would commune with His People.
Now, think of how greater a cause for rejoicing we have in Christ. For there is only one foundation for us, even Jesus Christ Himself. And the church and all things of eternal consequence are built upon Him. He is the place of where the temple is built, “in Him” the priests do minister, in Him there is sacrifice for sins, He is the very covenant of God and God communes with His People in Christ.
Christ Our Cornerstone
Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
– Brother Pat Woods