Day 117

These are the men David put in charge of the music in the house of the LORD after the ark came to rest there. They ministered with music before the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, until Solomon built the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem. They performed their duties according to the regulations laid down for them.  I Chronicles 6:31-32 NIV

The sons of Levi had been chosen by God for spiritual service in the tabernacle.

This chapter points out the importance of worship. It also points out that worship was to be done according to God’s instruction.

worship_Pic_1.jpgI Chronicles 6:32 reminds us of the importance of song as a method of worshiping and praising God.

We seem to be lost today as to what it means to worship.

We spend out time debating what type of music?

What language or liturgy we should use?

Which version of the Bible to read from?

What style of preaching?

What format for worship?

The reality for me is that God instructed music to be a part of our worship.

Interesting for me is that the only thing we have left of their worship is the words they used (ie: The Psalms).

What we don’t have is the music.

Could that mean that God is more concerned with the words we sing than He is the music that accompanies it?

We don’t have an order of worship from the First Church of Corinth.

Could that mean that our format and style of worship should reflect our culture and our language?

Let me finish my “rant” by adding this: Perhaps our problem with worship today is that we have made it all about our wants and our desires . . . when worship was never intended to be about us.  Worship was a duty we were to perform according to God’s instruction.

Perhaps our worship needs less us (you and me) and more HIM.

Tomorrow’s Reading – Psalms 81, 88, 92-93

Day 116

Today’s reading – Psalms 73, 77-78

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I don’t know about you, but there are times when I sit down to pay bills that I get frustrated – frustrated that there are people who live lives of indulgence, sin, and corruption and seemingly don’t worry about how to pay the vet bill.I confess there are times, I am frustrated by the lack of resources for my family.

I wonder does it matter? Does God even care?

I confess that there are moments that I feel alone against the world.

And then (I love the “and then” moments) . . .

God speaks to me through an ancient voice – through a psalm of Asaph and I realize I am not alone in my thoughts.

I realize I am not wrong – God is listening.
God does care.

And in the end, when it really matters, God Wins!

Psalm 73
1 Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.
2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold.
3 For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong.
5 They are free from common human burdens; they are not plagued by human ills.
6 Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence.
7 From their callous hearts comes iniquity; their evil imaginations have no limits.
8 They scoff, and speak with malice; with arrogance they threaten oppression.
9 Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth.
10 Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance.
11 They say, “How would God know? Does the Most High know anything?”
12 This is what the wicked are like — always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.
13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure and have washed my hands in innocence.
14 All day long I have been afflicted, and every morning brings new punishments.
15 If I had spoken out like that, I would have betrayed your children.
16 When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply
17 till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.
18 Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin.
19 How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors!
20 They are like a dream when one awakes; when you arise, Lord, you will despise them as fantasies.
21 When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered,
22 I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.
23 Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
27 Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you
28 But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.

Tomorrow’s Reading – I Chronicles Chapter 6

Day 115

Today’s Reading – I Chronicles Chapters 3-5

These were the heads of their households: Epher, Ishi, Eliel, Azriel, Jeremiah, Hodaviah, and Jahdiel—mighty warriors, famous men, heads of their households.   I Chronicles 5:24 CEB  

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Sounds like these guys had the world in hand … mighty warriors … famous men …

This would be a great story … IF the story ended in verse 24.

But that’s the problem with some stories … they don’t end where we want them to.

And so we read on

But they were unfaithful to the God of their ancestors and faithlessly followed the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God had destroyed before them.

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And there it is.

Their story is our story.

The quest for fame and fortune isn’t the problem.

It is the choice to pursue other things instead of God that get us in trouble.

The story of making idols is as old as time.

And yet, we keep making the same mistakes … over … and over … and over again.

I am thankful for a patient and loving God that remains faithful to His promises even when we (I) am not.

How do I know?

Have you read the rest of the story?

Tomorrow’s Reading – Psalms 73 and 77-78