(31 verses, 3:15 to read)
What I am about to READ
David organizes singers from the Levites for Israel’s worship service.
MARK and LEARN
- After the organization of the Levites and priests came that of the temple singers.
- Music is one of God’s greatest gifts, a tool he intends to be used in the church’s worship. It moves the emotions and provides a vehicle for God’s Word to teach and encourage God’s people.
- The fact that David took such care to organize the singers in his day would encourage the people of Ezra’s day to serve the Lord with their musical abilities.
- 2-4: “Asaph . . . Jeduthun [(Ethan]) . . . Heman”— These men were gifted musicians and poets. Their names appear in the titles of 16 psalms. They were the core around which David organized the temple singers.
- The Levites assigned to the temple service were gifted in prophecy—proclaiming God’s Word. Their music was the vehicle for their ministry of prophecy. Words are important. The music ministry is not intended to entertain people or make them feel good but to encourage them in their lives of faith.
Sometimes worshipers fall into the trap of looking for the church musicians to entertain them. Sometimes choirs are content to sing only songs that contain superficial words because the melodies are catchy or fun to sing. Superficiality has no part in our worship of the Lord. As you prepare for Holy Week, consider the following hymn written by Paul Gerhardt (LSB 438):
“A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth”
- A Lamb goes uncomplaining forth,
The guilt of all sinners bearing
And, laden with the sins of earth,
None else the burden sharing;
Goes patient on, grows weak and faint,
To slaughter led without complaint,
That spotless life to offer;
He bears the stripes, the wounds, the lies,
The mockery, and yet replies,
“All this I gladly suffer.”
- This Lamb is Christ, the soul’s great friend,
The Lamb of God, our Savior,
Whom God the Father chose to send
To gain for us His favor.
“Go forth, My Son,” the Father said,
“And free My children from their dread,
Of guilt and condemnation.
The wrath and stripes are hard to bear,
But by Your passion they will share
The fruit of You salvation.”
- “Yes, Father, yes, most willingly
I’ll bear what You command Me.
My will conforms to Your decree,
I’ll do what You have asked Me.”
O wondrous Love, what have You done!
The Father offers up His Son!
Desiring our salvation.
O Love, how strong You are to save!
You lay the One into the grave
Who built the earth’s foundation.
- Lord, when Your glory I shall see
And taste Thy kingdom’s pleasure,
Your blood my royal robe shall be,
My joy beyond all measure!
When I appear before Your throne,
Your righteousness shall be my crown;
With these I need not hide me.
And there, in garments richly wrought
As Your own bride, shall we be brought
To stand in joy beside You
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Pastor Kevin Zellers, Jr.