Lectio Continua: a continuous reading of every verse
Lectio Semi-continua: shorter reading selections from the passages
“And so the Levites carried out their responsibilities for the tent of meeting, for the Holy Place and, under their relatives the descendants of Aaron, for the service of the temple of the Lord.” ~1 Chronicles 23:32
Once again, we see the Chronicler place a great emphasis on worship in the recounting of Israel’s past. He wants the exiled community to remember that they are first and foremost a worshipping community. Yes, David was king of the land, but he devoted a great deal of his organizational energy to the worship of God. During his reign, there were almost 40,000 ministers on the temple staff. Wow! Some of these men no doubt served in part-time capacities, but still, that is quite a large staff.
These ministers were divided into various “departments.” There were those who served in supervisory roles overseeing every aspect of temple worship. There was much to be done, from the daily sacrifices, the weekly worship gatherings, and the regular festivals held for the Lord, to the teaching and preservation of Scripture and the writing, playing, and singing of music, to the management of temple funds and the maintenance of the place of worship. There were officials who provided spiritual leadership and judges who offered “biblical counseling” on how to apply the law to various situations. There were gatekeepers who provided security 24/7 for every courtyard and entrance at the place of worship, and they greeted patrons as they entered and left the temple. There were 4, 000 musicians, wow!, composing songs, playing all kinds of instruments, and singing. Music constantly emanated from the place of worship. One of the reasons for the large number of people serving was that they were to serve the entire nation, and they often carried out their duties in shifts so that ministers could have time off like everyone else. Even so, can you imagine what a grand production this was?
Whenever people are passionate about God, the worship becomes a high priority. The place of worship is filled to capacity and new construction must commence! The preaching of the Word becomes highly valued and staff is added. The writing, playing, and singing of music becomes more visible. Men and women are highly encouraged to give their lives to this great cause. God saved His people to worship. This is why God has saved us, too, to worship. Let us long for and pray for revival in our church and in our land so that our places of worship may be filled with praise for our good and His glory.