Meditation

09/30/2020

These are the men: David put in charge of the music in the house of he 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.(1st Chronicles6:31-32)

We do not know when music began to be used in worship. The record of elaborate musical arrangements in this chapter, led by King David himself, shows the prominent place given to music in Israel’s worship. The Book of Psalms records much of the music in Jewish worship. Various types of musical instruments accompanied worship. No doubt music in worship has done much to guard the vitality of worship against the deadening effects of formalism.

As early as Exodus 5:1-2, Moses, Miriam, and the Israelites sang a song to the Lord. Deborah and Barak sang a song to the Lord (Judges 5:1-31. Music expresses the emotions of God’s people as they worship Him. Music was important in the worship of the early church. When the disciples celebrated the first Lord’s Supper, they concluded their worship with a hymn (Matthew 26:30; Mark 14:20). Singing characterized the dramatic worship experience of Paul and Silas in the Philippians jail (Acts 16:25).

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, it is when we come to worship You, and especially when we are singing to You, that our emotions overflow of our love for You. You have blessed us so many times, and yet this is something we feel You enjoy, because it is then You feel us closer to You that any other time. We seek to honor You for all You have blessed us with. It is when we are praising You that we let all others things go and simply want to lift up our gratefulness to You in song. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

We are all citizen’s of eternity!

KNOWING GOD:

The Lord will save me, and we will sing with stringed instruments all the days of our lives in the temple of the Lord.” (Isaiah38:20)

Hezekiah promised to praise God in Temple worship accompanied by music for the rest of his life. Such vows are a common part of worship celebrating or looking forward to God’s deliverance.

Hezekiah composed a psalm of gratitude for the answer to his prayer. Thanksgiving relives troubled times to recall the wonder of God’s intervention. It leads to a vow of humble devotion. One day, no matter what our physical condition is, God will heal us completely and it is the day when we enter the kingdom of heaven. Now this is something to praise!

I AM:

Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians5:19-20)

Music played a strong role in the worship of the early church. Praise and thanksgiving were expressed through music. The early church learned to worship God with thanksgiving for everything. A grateful heart is necessary for worship.

Beloved, not all prayer is spoken; singing is a high communication to the Lord and should e done from the heart. Verse 20 is the firs of two Pauline injunctions to thank God in all things.

Second Thought of the Day:

When they had sung a hymn, they went out tot he Mount of Olives.” (Matthew26:30)

Jesus and his disciples had celebrated the Lord’s Supper. He told them His appointed time was near. During the Supper he told them one of you will betray me, which left them wondering which of them it would be. He told Judas to go and do what it is he had to do and he left Jesus and the disciples there. While they were eating he took bread blessed it and said, “Take and eat, this is my body.” Then he took the cup,blessed it, saying, “Drink from it ,all of you, this is my blood of the covenant which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Then they sang the hymn, to go to the Mount of Olives, where Jesus liked to pray.

Judas went to the Temple priests and betrayed Jesus and Peter who would deny even knowing Jesus three times, as had been predicted by Jesus. All of this and so much more was about to take place. I can only imagine the build up of the weight of the world’s sins in Jesus at this point, because at this point, He knows everything that is about to happen. Can you put yourself in His place, knowing what He knows? I can’t. This is just one insight into the love our Lord has for us. Can you look at Him and say no? I can’t either. Take a moment to realize that when we worship, we should have in our minds, just what our Lord did for all of us, and when you do, the volume of praise should go up exponentially.

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