Meditation for Monday

And these are the singers, chief of the fathers of the Levites, who remaining in the chambers were free, for they were employed in that work day and night. 1 Chronicles 9:33

I am a most fortunate man because my wife loves to sing. I often tease her about getting the words wrong, but there is melody in her heart and she is usually singing as she goes about her household chores. I love to hear her sing. Our text today is about some people whose daily chores were singing. It was their business and calling in life, and it occupied them fully. Undoubtedly they had excellent voices and they used them to praise the Lord. There is no higher use for our voices than worshiping Him and singing His praises!

Singing in the temple was an important role. These singers were of the highest rank among the Levites. No higher position was to be had. This shows us the emphasis that God places on praise. Even those of us with inferior voices should offer what we can to the Lord.

Note also the liberty of these singers. Although they remained in the temple, they were free. They did not see their service as a burden but as a great liberation. Only they had the honor and opportunity to lift their voices continually in service to God. They were like today’s believers; we are the only ones able to bring before God’s throne the service He desires, whether it be singing, or any of the multitude of things that we can and should do for Him. Freed from our sins, we are now free to enter His courts with praise and service.

The world about us today is shackled to Satan’s demands that they sing the depraved and degrading lyrics of a dying sin-drenched world, but you and I are free to sing of the mercies of the Lord forever. The unregenerate sinners about us are slaves to Satan’s habits and destructive for-the-moment-only pleasures; but you and I are free to enjoy the peace and joy of sins forgiven and Heaven assured. The unsaved souls about us must be content with earning the uncertain wages of trouble and disappointment; but you and I are free to build for eternity on the firm foundation of God’s salvation.

Rejoice and sing today, because you are free to live for the highest and best that God ever planned and desired for you. -Jim MacIntosh

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