Archive for October 23rd, 2007

1 Chronicles 25

 At first read I thought 1 Chronicles 25 was going to be a yawner.  Another list of names – this time associated with leading worship for the Levites.  But as I reflected on it, God gave me a couple insights that seem rather important.  First of all, David is involved here in the selection.  “David and the worship leaders selected some”.  He was king after all.  This seems like a rather trivial thing for a king to get involved in – the selection of the worship team.  But not really.  These folks set the tone for everyone.  I don’t know if your church has a worship team, but I know on Sunday mornings at our church this group makes all the difference on how people get ready to meet God.  It was true for David’s time too, and he understood that importance.  The second thing that jumped out at me was this: they were doing “divinely appointed work”.  Not only did David care, but God has something to say here too.  This worship stuff is important to Him and these people were appointed by Him to make a difference.  But the biggest thing that jumped off the page at me was when they selected the 288 well trained masters in music.  They assembled the best of the best – “well trained in sacred music, all of them masters”.  That is one big band.  But look at what scripture tells us: “They drew names at random to see who would do what”.  If you know any really good musicians, they normally are not the easiest folks to manage or work with.  They want things just right and their way because they have earned that ability and position.  But in God’s band – David assembles the best 288 musicians and draws names to see who does what.  Can you imagine the revolt today if someone tried that.   But even more important, I think it sets the tone for service that we all need to take guys.  When you sign up to serve God at church or anywhere for that matter – does your service come with “strings attached” (and I am not talking about the instrument strings here)?  Mine often does.  I’ll serve if…..not exactly the way God wants us to serve.  His plan is to do it just like these musicians.  As another bible verse says “Here I am send me”.  No strings……

1 Chronicles 24

1 Chronicles 24 is a list of names from the Levites.  Nothing really jumps out from the list other than the fact “They served in this appointed order…..following the procedures laid down”.  Sometimes following direction is the best thing to do.  I have to admit that my style is more to be outside those lines, but in some cases, probably many cases, obeying the rules and following the procedures is a good thing.  Aaron had taken the direction from God on how the Levites were to act.  So in reality, these folks were obeying God’s direct orders.  That is always a good thing for us to do.  We need to be tuned in and on track with what God has in store for us.  Are you a rule follower?  Do you walk in obedience to the rules set forth?  Do you know the rules so you can obey them?  Sometimes we want to plead ignorance to even what the rules are.  But God has given us a huge percentage of what we need to know in His word.  Are you in the Word so you know what and how to obey?  The Levites set the standard for us here – and we need to set the standard for those we lead.  We are not our own, we were bought with a price and we need to be focused on walking with Him in that relationship of obedience, following the procedures He laid down for us.  Let it be so in your life and mine…………

 

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