“Working To Worship”

Working To Worship

 

 

 

And the men did the work faithfully. Over them were set Jahath and Obadiah the Levites, of the sons of Merari, and Zechariah and Meshullam, of the sons of the Kohathites, to have oversight. The Levites, all who were skillful with instruments of music, (2 Chronicles 34:12)

King Josiah began to reign over the nation of Judah at the age of eight years old. He rose to the throne of a nation in a state of spiritual disrepair. So, at a young age he began to rid the land of idolatry and repair the dilapidated temple. He appointed Levites to oversee the remodeling of the temple. At the end of the twelfth verse of the twenty third chapter of Second Chronicles Levites skilled in music are mentioned specifically. Several Bible commentators believe that these men may have been responsible for playing worship music to encourage the men that were working on the temple.

Music is a powerful force. Music can deeply impact the emotions of its listeners. Just as when King Saul, haunted by an oppressive spirit, called upon a young shepherd boy named David to come play his harp and refresh his troubled soul. Most people work best to music. But have you ever considered that God also seems to work best to music? God spoke to Job and asked “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if you have understanding…When the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” It seems, while God created the earth the angels sang praise in the background.

Psalms 22:3 proclaims the Lord is enthroned on the praises of His people. Another translation renders it, He inhabits the praises of His people. This verse indicates that our Heavenly Father’s presence is particularly present in the lives of His children when they praise Him. Second Chronicles 20:22-23 illustrates to us another truth about praise. There, severely outmatched by his opposing forces, Jehoshaphat is told to send the singers out to battle first. As they began to sing and praise God with their musical instruments the coalition against him turned on one another and completely wiped itself out.

Isaiah 54:1 shouts “Sing, O’ barren one…For the children of the desolate one will be more than the children of her who is married,” says the LORD.” If your life feels barren, sing! If you are surrounded by enemies lift your voice to Him in worship and your antagonists will be confused. If you want to see God work powerfully in your life, like the Levite singers at the temple, sing praises to Him in the midst of your daily duties. He works best to worship.

Pastor Mike

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