17 Aug
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The Joy of Worship

My son is singing in a local worship arts festival today, so I prayed heavily during my morning devotions for him and their band, ‘Ascention’ (yes, the ‘t’ instead of the ‘s’ is intentional).  I asked the Lord to be my son’s sole focus, that all he does would be out of love and adoration of his Redeemer.  In His goodness, God chose to respond with Nehemiah 12, which I providentially read immediately after praying heavily for the worship event today.   I believe God’s hand is on these kids. 

Nehemiah 12:27-29, “Now at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought out the Levites in all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem to celebrate the dedication with gladness, both with thanksgivings and singing, with cymbals and stringed instruments and harps.  And the sons of the singers gathered together from the countryside around Jerusalem, from the villages of the Netophathites, from the house of Gilgal, and from the fields of Geba and Azmaveth; for the singers had built themselves villages all around Jerusalem.”

Nehemiah 12:36, “and his brethren, Shemaiah, Azarel, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethanel, Judah, and Hanani, with the musical instruments of David the man of God. Ezra the scribe went before them.”

Nehemiah 12:40-43, “So the two thanksgiving choirs stood in the house of God, …. The singers sang loudly with Jezrahiah the director. Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced, for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women and the children also rejoiced, so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard afar off.”

Nehemiah 12:46-47, “For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chiefs of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving to God. In the days of Zerubbabel and in the days of Nehemiah all Israel gave the portions for the singers and the gatekeepers, a portion for each day.”

After reading Nehemiah chapter 12, I noticed I missed something in my morning prayer.  I never asked the Lord that the kids would take great joy in their worship.  Nehemiah chapter 12 is all about loud and mighty rejoicing with singing and instruments.  God wants these kids to have an awesome time praising Him!  This doesn’t seem very deep and spiritual, but it’s fun to thank God!

God is interested in our little, seemingly insignificant, lives. When He shows His interest in my little life, or, in this case, the life of my son and the other kids, I look up, and I can’t help but wonder why He cares at all.  Then I fall down in praise because, day by day, as I seek Him with diligence and faith, day by day, He reminds me of His great care.

So, what do you think?