January 17, 2017
1 Chronicles 16-Part 3
LET IT GLOW
We have been hearing of the new appointments which our new President-elect has been making in preparation of serving as our nation's leader. He wants the positions filled so they can immediately get to the task of governing our nation. King David also made new appointments of the priestly Levites. Join me as we take a look at them.
We read of the magnificent procession Israel had as David brought back the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. He had prepared a tent for its housing. Here we read of parts of three Psalms which possibly David wrote. David assigned Assaph and his relatives to give thanks to the Lord. For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised.
King David was known as a man after God's own heart. He had developed that relationship while a young man shepherding his father's sheep back home. Music was in David's soul. He wrote so many of the Psalms that we enjoy and give us encouragement. Even when he left the fields to serve King Saul with soothing music and during those years of running for his life, David continued to sing praises unto his Lord God, amidst adversity, too.
Now some Israelites continued to worship at the tent located in Gibeon. So King David wanted to unite the Tabernacle and the Ark in Jerusalem by building a Temple. However, we know that this did not happen, but his son Solomon accomplished it.
Keep in mind that there were 862 Levites from 6 families that David had summoned. (The previous king, Saul, was not concerned with spiritual matters.) Sounds like he was serious.
Is there a song in our heart today sing unto the Lord God Almighty who is so merciful?
LET IT GROW
David made appointments of the Levites:
- Asaph and his brethren minister before the Ark continually, as every day's work required.(verse 37)
- Obededom and 68 of his brethren were assigned as gatekeepers. (verse 38)
- Zadok the priest and his brethren were stationed at Gibeon to serve in the Tabernacle. (verse 39)
- Heman and Jeduthun and the rest were chosen as lead singers and musicians. (verse 41-42)
Remember the joy the people in the procession with the Ark had? I like to think it continued as David made the appointments and they left to serve.
Since our youth group has been growing at my church, we have needed to split classes and establish new ones. It is wonderful when people step up and help meet those needs. God can use us in ministry. Are we preparing for it as we wait for the appointment? Is our heart willing? Do we pray for the opportunity?
What needs to e done? Cleaning, serving, singing, planning, administering, teaching may be available if we only seek.
LET IT GO
Prepare for my new appointment in serving the Lord Jesus.
Pray, seek, surrender.
Learn and love and listen.
Humbly serve Jesus when the door opens.