1 Chronicles 25

1 Chronicles 25 has David continuing to set up the structure for worship.  Chapter 25 concerns David’s organization of the four thousand Levitical musicians into courses of service that correspond to those of the priests and temple Levites.  “David and the chiefs of the service also set apart for the service….who prophesied with lyres, with harps, and with cymbals”.  Interestingly, the captains of the army took part in the selection and organization of the musicians or “worship leaders” for Israel. David sensed a connection between the security of the kingdom and the worship and honoring of God.

Did you catch the word “prophesied” along with the instruments?  They weren’t just good musicians.  Their service was connected with the dynamic of prophesy in the sense that it was inspired by God. Their ministry in music was not merely the product of good musicianship; it was a gift of the Holy Spirit being exercised through them.  Their music proclaimed God’s word with God’s authority.  It was an important part of the kingdom then, and we need to view music as a sacred part of our worship today too.

The writer calls out “Heman, the kings seer” as someone special.  He is called the king’s seer, either because the king took special delight in him, or because he frequently attended the king in his palace, executing his sacred office there, while the rest were constantly employed in the tabernacle.  Scripture also calls out some anointed men.  “Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman were under the order of the king”.  These enormously talented and Spirit-anointed men knew how to submit themselves under the leadership of David, under the authority of the king.

We learn that the musicians cast lots for the role of musician.  David didn’t give the choice worship assignments only to the most talented and greatest. He let God do the choosing and it was both a prevention of pride for the great and the teacher, and a learning opportunity for the small and the student.  David wanted it to be God’s choice, not his based merely on human knowledge.  “The number of them along with their brothers, who were trained in singing to the Lord, all who were skillful, was 288”.  The Lord was in charge and David just followed His direction.

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