Today’s Reading – 1 Chronicles Chapters 23-25
When David was old and full of years, he made his son Solomon king over Israel. He also gathered together all the leaders of Israel, as well as the priests and Levites. The Levites thirty years old or more were counted, and the total number of men was thirty-eight thousand. David said, “Of these, twenty-four thousand are to be in charge of the work of the temple of the LORD and six thousand are to be officials and judges. Four thousand are to be gatekeepers and four thousand are to praise the LORD with the musical instruments I have provided for that purpose.” I Chronicles 23:1-5
A couple things to note:
1) David provides for a smooth transition in leadership as Solomon is the next king. Considering the recent past this was a wise move.
2) You might be thinking to yourself, “Really? Three Chapters to name the people in charge of the temple. Can’t we just skip this part?”
That would be the point – we can’t just skip this part!
Remember how important worship was in the life of King David?
Take note that worship is to be just an important to the people.
And that is why David is being careful to make provisions as one of the last acts as king.
David knows that the kingdom has grown and now he is making sure that there will always be enough priests and musicians available to the people to assist and lead in worship.
David’s legacy will not be the building of the new temple, but his legacy is
laying the foundation for the building of the temple and in the provision for the
David reveals in his plans the priority of worship for the nation of Israel.
What have you done to reveal the priority of worship in your life?
Tomorrow’s Reading – Psalms 131, 138-139, and 143-145
*** to those planning to build new “temples” . . . have you provided first for the leadership that the new building will require? Too often we rush to build new facilities without any leadership (or programs) for the buildings. “Build it and they will come – only works in the movies!” ***