THE SERVICE OF SONG

Today's devotion from 1 Chronicles 6.

The chronicler was very busy with the genealogy of Levi. It was Levi's descendants who served as priests. They cared for the house of God and led in observance of the sacrifices and ministries prescribed in the Law. The Levites had a far-reaching range due to the fact that they did not receive a centralized land grant, but were dispersed.

As the chronicler moves through this family, he does so in patterns. For example, the first 15 verses deal with priests, but the next major division, verses 16-30, are closely connected with the ministry of worship addressed in verses 31-48. Here, in the heart of this genealogy, the chronicler doesn't address what many modern readers would identify as the "most important" responsibilities of the Levites.

When I think about the Levites, more often than not, I think about the high priest. I think about the scapegoat and Azazel. I think about the offering of the leper and the care of the temple instruments. I seem to think about everything the Levites were required to do...except that which was a very important part of their inheritance. If we read those verses from Deuteronomy again, we will see that one of the primary duties and privileges of the Levites was to "bless in HIS name." Their duty was not to serve God solely, but to serve others in the Name of God. They were the conduit of blessing. They would bless and praise the name of God, then bless in the name of God. In them, worship and ministry were closely tied together.

In our reading today, we specifically see that the ark did not need carrying, so David gave them this other task, the service of song. It is this service of song that we find at the heart of this Levitical genealogy. It was deemed important and vital. In fact, do me a favor. Note how many verses in this chapter are related to the service of song. Now, flip the page and see how so few verses are dedicated to the genealogies of these other Israelite tribes.

Worship was important. Worship is important.