2 Chronicles 29:1-10; 25-28
He stationed the Levites in the temple of the Lord with cymbals, harps and lyres in the way prescribed by David and Gad the king’s seer and Nathan the prophet; this was commanded by the Lord through his prophets. Verse 25 (NIV)
I am anticipating with some excitement the day that we will be able to ALL join together in a time of worship and fellowship. One thing this pandemic has done for me is make me aware of how much I miss gathering together as God’s people.
Imagine how Hezekiah and Judah felt as they reopened the doors of the temple. You can almost hear those doors creak. It had been a long, long time. Imagine the layers of dust and the cobwebs. God’s temple had been abused and neglected. It took more than two weeks (verse 17) to clear out all the sinful, dusty junk and clean up the place so that it could function as God’s temple again.
It had been so long that the people of Judah had forgotten how to worship. So, Hezekiah had to help the people relearn what to do. Hezekiah was a unique king – he actually read the directions to something! He got out the books of David and the prophets and functioned like a stage director at a play: “O.K. – you guys with the trumpets, stand there. Then, when the Levites enter, you start to play. And after that, you singer – sing!”
Does it matter how we worship? Perhaps the absence of being able to worship together will help us all to put worship first.
When we are once again allowed to worship freely how will you worship? The one thing we all need to do is this: make sure your worship is for the glory of God, not for your own interests. It may feel a little awkward when we go back, but don’t sleep in and skip worship. If you make worship your priority, you’ll find God’s strength and blessing in everything else you do.
Lord, I want to worship you. Help me to learn and grow. Thank you for the challenge to make you first in worship. Help me to follow you faithfully. You are our God! Amen.