1 Chronicles 23-25
I remember the song that came on the radio immediately after receiving the text that a dear woman of God was being placed in hospice care following her 4 year battle with cancer – I Can Only Imagine. And God spoke to me. My friend and mentor was getting closer and closer to the dark sleep of death and we would be separated from her for a time. But at Jesus’ resurrection she will rise and be closer to Jesus than ever before! I wonder – will she sing and dance or fall silent at his feet? I Can Only Imagine.
I remember the song that echoed in the rafters as the Family Camp worship band led worship at the close of a Family Camp which had come at a time of great searching and pain for our family when we were unsure of what was next but felt God leading us away from the church that was home – These are the Days of Elijah. And God spoke to me. “There is no god like Jehovah”. Yes, Elijah, Moses, David had trials, too. They were unsure, they questioned, they experienced pain, and God showed up for them in mighty ways, just as He was revealing himself for us, one day at a time. “There is no god like Jehovah”!
I remember the song that just last night my daughter started to sing as I read aloud the Bible reading for the day from Psalm 108 – “My heart, O God, is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul.” The tune probably wouldn’t sound familiar to you because my 3 kids wrote it out and practiced it over and over with piano, guitar and voice to remember it now, 4 years later, during our devotions. And God spoke to me – through the words of David and the tune of my children. God is worthy of praise – through all the years and generations and ages. Sing to Him and tell the nations!
Music is powerful. People choose and leave churches based on the worship style. Many report that during the time of online church they miss most not meeting to sing together with the body of Christ. It is interesting that the most popular post on this site was one titled after a rousing and uplifting worship song which vividly brings to mind God’s might and protection – The God of Angel Armies.
But what gives music its real power is that GOD speaks through it.
In our reading today we have 3 chapters written for the Jews returning to Jerusalem after many year of living in captivity. They are reminded of how to be God’s chosen, holy people – and that includes the temple worship spoken of in these chapters – 1 Chronicles 23-25. We read in 1 Chronicles 23:5 that King David himself provided the instruments for the 4,000 Levites selected to lead the people in musical worship to their God. Chapter 25 lists the heads of the families selected, “for the ministry of prophesying, accompanied by harps, lyres and cymbals.” (25:1). Often we think today of prophesying as foretelling the future. But more generically, and often used in the Scriptures, prophesying is simply speaking for the Lord. To be God’s mouthpiece. To say what God wants to be said.
God speaks. And sometimes that is done with a tune, set to music, with instruments and voices lifted high. Sing to the Lord – and listen for what He is speaking to you today.
Today’s Bible reading can be read or listened to at https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+chronicles+23-25&version=NIV
Tomorrow’s reading will be back in the songbook of the Bible: Psalm 131, 138-139 & 143- 145 as we continue the 2020 Chronological Bible Reading Plan.
Which verses would you make into a song to sing today?
Do you have an interest in writing one devotion for this week? If so, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss.