APPOINTED TO MINISTER BEFORE THE LORD
1 Chronicles 16:1 So they brought the ark of God, and set it in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it. Then they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God. 2 And when David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD. 3 Then he distributed to everyone of Israel, both man and woman, to everyone a loaf of bread, a piece of meat, and a cake of raisins.
4 And he appointed some of the Levites to minister before the ark of the LORD, to commemorate, to thank, and to praise the LORD God of Israel: 5 Asaph the chief, and next to him Zechariah, then Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, and Obed-Edom: Jeiel with stringed instruments and harps, but Asaph made music with cymbals; 6 Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests regularly blew the trumpets before the ark of the covenant of God.
Can you imagine applying for a job with a job description as below:
To thank God
To praise the Lord God of Israel
To make music with various instruments such as harps, cymbals, and trumpets
To blow the trumpet regularly before the ark of the covenant of God
That’s exactly what happened to some members of the tribe of Levi. They got appointed or employed by King David to minister before the Lord.
What a job; to sing and to play instruments before the ark of The Lord!
How exciting that must have been.
Now you might say, “I don’t know how to sing well,” or “I don’t know how to play an instrument,” and “I would not have been a candidate for such a job.”
Well, be encouraged because the appointment is to ‘minister before THE LORD.’ This job is for everyone who knows Jesus as Lord. We have also been appointed to ‘minister before THE LORD.’
So, from the highest soprano singer to the deepest bass singer, from the highly skilled instrumentalist to those who make music with their hands, it’s time to show up for the job we have all be appointed too, and to do it with all our heart: ‘Minister before THE LORD.’
With a heart of gratitude and praise take some time now and thank The Lord, praise The Lord.
Now, this is an unending employment, so let your heartfelt, unending praise be continually heard…….