Good morning. It is Thursday, June 24, 2021
I was scanning through 1 Chronicles this morning when the following caught my eye.
Chapter 6, verses 31 and 32: “After David brought the Ark of the Covenant…he appointed a number of men to serve as musicians at the place of worship. They took turns ministering to the Lord even before Solomon built the Temple.”
Did you catch that? “They took turns ministering to the Lord.”
This caused me to pause. They were not just ministering with words; they were blessing with music.
According to Webster: to minister is to “attend to the needs of someone; tend, take care of, nurse, treat, help, assist” etc.
Jehovah surely does not need us in any of those applied definitions. God has no need that we could possibly meet.
I have often thought of angels ministering to my needs. Hebrews 1:14 ESV “Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?”
I have never thought of the Lord needing me to minister to Him. Exactly what does it mean to ‘minister to the Lord’? I am no Bible scholar, but this is what I think. God has desires. And those desires are to have a healthy relationship with you; with me. He desires to give us a new heart and a right attitude. He created us to worship.
Worship: “the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity”
He gave us the gift of music.
If you listen to music, I am sure you can relate to this, music influences us. It has a physical effect on our brain.
Music is a great learning tool. If we set words to music, we are more apt to remember them. Take the alphabet for instance.
Music can evoke feelings of joy or sadness. It can cause us to become more calm or more agitated. Worship music can move us to tears. What we listen to matters.
God created us to be musical beings. I believe singing praise music and singing from the heart, connects us to heaven; it is a form of worship and I believe it blesses our Heavenly Father. If you will, it ministers to Him.
In 1 Chronicles 23 we read that David put several thousand in charge of the work in the house of the Lord, 6,000 were officers and judges, 4,000 were gatekeepers, and 4,000 offered praises to the Lord with the instruments that David made for praise.
He put 4,000 Levites in charge of singing and playing musical instruments for the express purpose of worshipping God, day and night!
Can you imagine? To be one of the 4,000 whose only job was to praise the Lord continually!? What an awesome privilege. And yet, we can do the same!
How can we minister to the Lord? How can we be a blessing to Him?
Psalm 96:2-3 ESV “Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!”
Psalm 100:4 ESV “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!”
Through telling others of the great things He has done in your life.
Psalm 134:1-2 ESV “Come, bless the Lord…Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord!”
1 Chronicles 29:10 ESV “Therefore David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: “Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever.”
Psalm 34:1ESV “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
Sing to Him today. Praise Him for all the good He has done in your life. Give Him your worship and adoration. He is worthy. He is worthy.