The school children’s song brought a smile to my lips and an “Amen” from my heart: “Thank You for the Music!”
Of all the people in the Bible whose career I envy, it would be Heman, Asaph and Ethan, whose detailed family lines are listed in 1 Chronicles 6:31-48. Their job must have been important to have such impressive credentials listed there: Temple music! Praising God!
Aren’t we privileged to have a God who communicates with us in this way? He puts skill in the heads and hands and voices of those He chooses to lead in this service, and He plants joy and delight in the hearts of all of us who participate—whether in church, in the kitchen, the shower, or outdoors. And then He sits back and enjoys it as we return the praise to Him.
Yes, thank You, Lord, for the music!
I can identify with the Old Testament Levites.
You will never find “Levi” on a map that shows the distribution of the land among the tribes of Israel. They didn’t get any! Instead, God said that He Himself, and the privilege of serving Him, would be their inheritance, or special possession. (Numbers 18:23b-32; Joshua 13:33 & 18:7)
Another way in which the Levites were different is that they were supported by the tithes of the other people as they devoted themselves to God’s service. And they, in turn, were to give God a tithe of what they received.
My husband and I own no property—no land, house or even car. I must admit that occasionally I feel disenfranchised. But in my saner moments I appreciate the freedom this really gives. And I give thanks for the special privilege of having none other than God Himself—and the privilege of serving Him full-time—as my special possession. And like the Levites, we give thanks for the support of God’s people and also give a share of that back to the Lord.