October 14, 2017: SOAP #2872: Nehemiah 11-12; Psalm 1; Acts 3 Scripture:  Nehemiah (NIV) 12:45 They [ministering priests and Levites] performed the service of their God and the service of purification, as did also the singers and gatekeepers, according to the commands of David and his son Solomon. 46 For long ago, in the days [...]

October 14, 2017: SOAP #2872: Nehemiah 11-12; Psalm 1; Acts 3

Scripture:  Nehemiah (NIV) 12:45 They [ministering priests and Levites] performed the service of their God and the service of purification, as did also the singers and gatekeepers, according to the commands of David and his son Solomon.
46 For long ago, in the days of David and Asaph, there had been directors for the singers and for the songs of praise and thanksgiving to God.
47 So in the days of Zerubbabel and of Nehemiah, all Israel contributed the daily portions for the singers and gatekeepers. They also set aside the portion for the other Levites, and the Levites set aside the portion for the descendants of Aaron.

Observation:   Under Nehemiah's supervision, not only did the walls get rebuilt and the temple repaired, but he also restored the ministries within the temple.   A prominent place was given to the ministry of music.   The ministry of a musician was valued.

The musician ministers in two directions.   First, their ministry is to the Lord in honoring and appreciation and love and thanksgiving, etc.   Second, their ministry is to the people.   They teach and lead the people in ministry to the Lord.   They also teach people truth in their songs where the melody helps us remember the words.

Application:   Many years ago the Lord had me develop a four-part study on worship:   1. Worship and the Word, 2. How worship works, 3. Worship and the worshipper, and 4. Worship and warfare.   I believe the Lord wants worshippers on earth that will feel right at home in heaven.

Prayer:     Holy Spirit, teach me how to join in with the worship of those around me.   Help me to grow accustom to the various expressions with which I come in contact.   Help me be ready to join the heavenly choir around the throne in heaven.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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