When we stop doing things the same way it opens up opportunities for God to work in and through us differently. Today’s reading shares the words of encouragement of:
‘and it was the duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord ), and when the song was raised, with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in praise to the Lord , “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever,” the house, the house of the Lord , was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God. ‘
Imagine that type of an encounter with God. Imagine having the Holy Spirit show up at work in a way that stops everything in its place because the main thing becomes the main thing, God’s presence is felt and visually apparent in the house. Imagine if the truth of God went from head knowledge to understanding? Imagine if we allowed the Holy Spirit to help us go from knowing about God and knowing about Jesus to knowing God and knowing Jesus and understanding of all that God’s Word has for us. Imagine if we get filled up every day with the Holy Spirit – even to overflowing – and allowed God to lead us and guide us, comfort us and strengthen us, so that we can be like the Holy Spirit pointing people back to Jesus. The more you draw close to Jesus, the more He reveals His Spirit and the more we get filled with the Spirit the more we point people to Jesus! We get to be like what we read in the Bible, we get to be His witnesses in Jerusalem (our hometown, our families, our city), in all of Judea and Samaria (our state and our country) and to the ends of the earth. You don’t have to be a missionary going out there to be a witness, we have the opportunity to be a witness right here and right now. God has put us here for such a day and such a time as this. So Jesus already paid the price and made a way where didn’t seem to be a way when He gave His life on the cross bridging the gap between man and God and providing us with forgiveness. We need to receive the Holy Spirit and cling to Him because that will empower us to take on Acts 1:8 where we read:
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
The Old Testament foreshadowed the New Testament. Be it Abraham and Isaac where God provided a ram as the sacrifice that foreshadowed Jesus as the sacrifice. Be it Moses in Egypt where God provided a deliverer that foreshadowed Jesus as the deliverer. Be it Hosea the prophet who God told to marry a prostitute who went out to the streets and the Hosea paid the price to redeem her foreshadowing how Jesus made a way for us who had walked away from God and paid the price to redeem us from our old ways.
So let’s go from a consumer mentality and just taking from God but let’s live our lives as witnesses right here, right now, where God has positioned us to be.
Today’s reading from 2 Chronicles 5 is a powerful one, so let’s read it all together…
1Thus all the work that Solomon did for the house of the Lordwas finished. And Solomon brought in the things that David his father had dedicated, and stored the silver, the gold, and all the vessels in the treasuries of the house of God.
The Ark Brought to the Temple2Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the fathers’ houses of the people of Israel, in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of theLord out of the city of David, which is Zion. 3And all the men of Israel assembled before the king at the feast that is in the seventh month. 4And all the elders of Israel came, and the Levites took up the ark. 5And they brought up the ark, the tent of meeting, and all the holy vessels that were in the tent; the Levitical priests brought them up. 6And King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel, who had assembled before him, were before the ark, sacrificing so many sheep and oxen that they could not be counted or numbered.7Then the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the Lord to its place, in the inner sanctuary of the house, in the Most Holy Place, underneath the wings of the cherubim. 8The cherubim spread out their wings over the place of the ark, so that the cherubim made a covering above the ark and its poles. 9And the poles were so long that the ends of the poles were seen from the Holy Place before the inner sanctuary, but they could not be seen from outside. And they are there to this day. 10There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets that Moses put there at Horeb, where the Lord made a covenant with the people of Israel, when they came out of Egypt. 11And when the priests came out of the Holy Place (for all the priests who were present had consecrated themselves, without regard to their divisions, 12and all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun, their sons and kinsmen, arrayed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps, and lyres, stood east of the altar with 120 priests who were trumpeters; 13and it was the duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord), and when the song was raised, with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in praise to the Lord,“For he is good,for his steadfast love endures forever,”the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, 14so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.
Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the subject of music points us to LL Cool J who used ideas from 2 Chronicles for the lyrics to his song “Can’t Think“. Did you realize that even some rap songs were inspired by the Bible? It is the subject of rapping the Bible. Some people may think different kinds of music aren’t for me, but God’s created music to lift Him up and so no matter what kinds of music it is, God can be worshipped and praised through it. We see in “Can’t Think” from the Greatest of All Times album (G.O.A.T.) how 2 Chronicles 5 is in the lyrics where it says:
The Bible inspires all sorts of music and today’s devotional points us to how it inspires religious rap. I remember when we had Sean Slaughter came to our church and sang and it was my first Christian rap experience and it was awesome – having enjoyed dance and rap music I even picked up his CD which I later gave to a guy I met who was doing Teen Challenge while helping someone move who was into rap. God is amazing and doesn’t want anyone to miss out because of their prefered music style or type. We also see many other rappers singing the Bible like Lecrae, Toby Mac, and many others.
So why not put on your favorite type of music on while on your way to work. Why not try something different and make it something out of the Bible or consider the love songs being about God rather than that guy or girls most people think about it? Why not find an internet Christian radio station that plays your type of music? I’ve tried with my phone with thinks like “Google play Christian rap music” or “Good play Christian dance music” and many other combinations based on my mood for music that day. Will you look for ways to get filled with the Holy Spirit in order to be able to overflow into the lives of the people around you witnessing to the greatness of Jesus?
Have you invited Jesus into your heart yet? Are you ready to start your journey with the Holy Spirit? Let’s pray this together before we go out and start our day…
If it is your first time praying this prayer, why not leave me a comment. If you want to discuss more why not leave me a comment. This is the day that the Lord has made, so let’s rejoice and be glad in it.
With the world looking for things to disagree about imagine a book across so many languages, people, and places that comes together in a way that doesn’t change. With science books going out of day so quickly as more and more discoveries are made making the old theories invalid, why not take hold of a book that is God’s Word inspired by the Holy Spirit as a manual for us to learn about and experience God. It’s the Bible! The Bible has impact around the world.
I thank You Lord for this new day and for everything that will be in it. I praise You Lord for Your Word that never returns void. I praise You Lord that You provide so many styles of music to take hold of and praise You. Help me Lord as I go out today to be Your witness in the world around me. Help me Lord to walk in the fullness of Your Spirit so that You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.