And speaking of attitudes, how do you handle conflict? Do you always have to have the last word in an argument? What does that have to do with foolishness?
1 Chronicles 23-25
Worship, Arguing & Fools
1 Chronicles 23, 24 & 25:
How is your worship attitude?
Verse 25.1, “Moreover David and the captains of the army separated for the service some of the sons of Asaph, of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, stringed instruments, and cymbals.”
The passage goes on to tell us there were 288 singers, plus musicians and support staff, 4,000 in all! What a music ministry that must have been! There were people singing and praising the Lord all the time!
And when I read the Psalms and other passages of Scripture, it appears to me there is lots of praise and lots of music in heaven. I believe God loves to receive our heartfelt praises often expressed through music and singing.
How do you view that time in the service where the truths of God are being proclaimed through music and song? Do you see it as just the prelude to the service, something to be enjoyed “if you make it on time”? Do you purposely arrive late to avoid it? Or do you see it as a time when you really focus on God and worship Him? Do you allow the words of the songs to penetrate your heart? Do you “think about” and “meditate on” the words you’re singing? Or have you allowed it to become “vain repetition“?
Let’s ask God to give us a “right spirit” where praise and worship are concerned.
Today’s Other Readings:
Remember and Have a Thankful Heart
Like the ancient Israelites, we are forgetful people, forgetful hearers of His Word, and forgetful of the wonderful things He has done. If all He ever did for us, was die for our sins so we don’t have to spend eternity separated from Him, it should be enough. But He does so much more.
Take time to thank Him today. Keep a list of answers to prayer, so you can “encourage yourself in the Lord” and have a thankful heart!
“It is honorable for a man to stop striving, since any fool can start a quarrel.”
We often think it proves something when we win an argument, and there certainly are truths worth standing up for, but even then, a believer is not to be argumentative (2 Tim. 2.23). It’s not about “winning.” This verse reminds us that it is often more honorable to lay it down, to let the other person have the last word, to be the better person!
And Proverbs 26.4 says, “Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will also be like him.”
So when two people are determined to win an argument at all costs, what you end up with is two fools talking to each other.
Should We Be Locked up for a While?
This new convert, who will soon become the great Apostle, is so bold that people, almost immediately, want to kill him. When the brethren realize what is happening, they send him away to Tarsus. He is out of the spotlight for several years, perhaps because God wanted his undivided attention for a while.
I’ve heard it said that some of us, after we are saved, should be locked up for a while. In our enthusiasm for what God has done in our lives, we can sometimes do more harm than good.
Of course, our faithful God uses, even that, for good and then He begins to mature us and give us more wisdom about when and how to share the truth. But for that to happen, we must spend time alone with Him, reading and studying, meditating on the truths of Scripture, allowing Him to penetrate our hearts and make the Word truly come alive.
Then as we continue to walk with Him, as students and doers of the Word, we grow in wisdom and discernment. Hebrews 5.14 says:
“But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
Why not pick out a verse today, write it on a slip of paper and carry it with you. Pull it out throughout the day and meditate on it. Think about what it says, what it means in your life, and how God wants you to apply it.
What about You? Questions to Ponder or Journal:
Is there some area of your life where God has your attention? What is He trying to show you or teach you? Is there some change you need to make to be a doer of the Word? Is there a relationship you need to reconcile? a habit you need to give up? someone you need to forgive? Whatever it is, allow Him to train your spiritual senses by use, that is applying God’s Word to your life.
And how’s your attitude toward corporate worship? Do you need to ask God to renew a right spirit within you?
Have a great day in Lord,
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