Today’s Reading: 1 Chronicles 24:1-26:11 (additional reading: Psalm 13:1-6 and Proverbs 19:15-16)
1 Chronicles 25:1, 6-7 says, “David, together with the commanders of the army, set apart some of the sons of Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun for the ministry of prophesying, accompanied by harps, lyres and cymbals.”… “All these men were under the supervision of their fathers for the music of the temple of the LORD, with cymbals, lyres and harps, for the ministry at the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman were under the supervision of the king. Along with their relatives—all of them trained and skilled in music for the LORD…”
King David, the man after God’s heart, (Acts 13:22) had a powerful desire in his heart to build the temple of God. (2 Samuel 7:2) However, he was not permitted to undertake the construction of God’s house. (2 Samuel 7:5-7; 1 Chronicles 22:8) Although he was not involved in the actual building of the temple of God, he did prepare for it in plans and material (1 Chronicles 22:1-19; 28:1-29:9). He was also God’s agent in setting in order the method of temple service.
In 1 Chronicles 25, we see that music is to be considered and approached as being a ministry in the house of God. Therefore, the preparation of the song service should be approached and received with the same care and reception as the proclaiming of God’s Word. Music is a ministry to the Lord and to the Body of Christ and it must be blanketed in prayer and guided by the truths of God’s Word.
It is just as vital today and so utterly important that we do not only appoint people who have the gift of music to lead us in musical worship unto the Lord but people who seek God and know what it means to worship. The church that will enjoy the blessings of worship through music is the church where their musicians spend as much time in preparation as the preachers and teachers of God’s Word do. It’s the church that cares as much about the truth proclaimed through worship as they do about the truth proclaimed through preaching.
If God has given you a gifting – then really use it, practice and commit yourself to fulfill your calling in the best way. If you can play an instrument, keep learning more, if you can sing, keep singing and keep improving. If it’s teaching the kids, then keep studying, keep learning new activities. Whatever your calling, commit yourself to it.
What has God called you to?
How can you take this calling seriously and be dedicated to it?
Father, Thank You for the gifts You give to Your church. Thank You for those who lead us in worship through song. Help them to know Your will and guide them as they lead the congregation in worship. Help us, whatever our gifts and calling may be, to recognize that we must honor You with them and be committed. In Jesus’ name, Amen