In the later years of David’s life, 1“he made Solomon his son king over Israel.” (1 Chronicles 23:1) And he wasn’t slowing down one bit, for although he was old, he never gave up on God. The kingdom of Israel may be passing from him to his son, but still, the joy of the Lord was with him. And what he did before his time was up, showed how much he really loved God with all his heart. It is written that he called twenty-four thousand men as officers and judges for the new Temple of God. And 1“moreover four thousand were porters; and four thousand praised the Lord with the instruments which I made, said David, to praise therewith.” (1 Chronicles 23:5) Wow, so David made enough instruments for four thousand people, for the purpose of praising the Lord. Now, if he had help with this big project, who knows, but all we know is that he did it without complaining and for the purposes of giving God glory. These people, 1“David divided them into courses among the sons of Levi, namely, Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.” (1 Chronicles 23:6) So out of these families came forth men of God, that only desired to serve the Lord and to praise His holy Name. This is absolutely amazing. To these men 1“David said, The Lord God of Israel hath given rest unto his people, that they may dwell in Jerusalem for ever: And also unto the Levites; they shall no more carry the tabernacle, nor any vessels of it for the service thereof.” (1 Chronicles 23:25,26) This he knew because the Spirit of God was with him. Isn’t it interesting that Jesus also says that He comes to give us rest and that is what David said also.
One of the most often read verses from the mouth of Jesus is in Matthew, chapter 11. And this is because of the impact it makes upon every believer in Him. He said, 2“come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) My friends, life can be difficult and throw us curveballs, but Jesus is always there for us, especially when we need Him. As David and the Lord Jesus said, He comes to give us and to make our burdens light. It was time for the Israelites to no longer carry the ark of the covenant, for they were to dwell in Jerusalem now. No more would they have to wander around looking for the best place to place God’s tabernacle also, for His place was Jerusalem now. And one of their duties was 1“to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord, and likewise at even.” (1 Chronicles 23:30) How awesome is that? What David set up for the people to do for the Lord is something that we will once see in heaven, where myriads of people will be set apart for the purpose of praising God and giving Him thanks. It may come through instruments, singing, prayer and supplication, and much more. Now, we can be like David and also set up an orchestra of praise to God here. This is what I hope more churches will be doing. We don’t just sing a good song and give a good message in church but have it be Spirit-filled. So that many souls will be saved in God’s kingdom.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I give You thanks this day and forever for all that You do for my life. I am so blessed with the family I have. My wife is a wonderful spouse, who I trust in and love with all my heart. My kids are also too good for me like my wife is. I am so happy to see my whole family beginning to seek You daily. I love the guidance You have given me and my wife, in order to raise my children up correctly. There have been trials and hard times, because of job losses and other financial issues, but You have always found a way for things to get better. I am so grateful that I have never given up my trust in You, for You have continually come to my side and given me rest. Where I cannot get over my anxiety on my own, You are able to help me. I know that You will give us rest and make our burdens light, and I have experienced this first hand. Things are not getting worse, but better each day that I seek You. You are my rock and my firm foundation. Keep my eyes fixed on what needs to happen in my life, in order for Your will to be accomplished and not my own. I know the things I wish could happen, but I know that everything is according to Your will and purposes and not my own. For this reason, I ask that You keep me on the straight and narrow path which leads to heaven. I hope to take many souls with me to heaven through my evangelism efforts on earth. It breaks my heart to know of people dying and not having known You as their personal Savior and Lord. I don’t wish people to go to hell, but be saved by Your hand in heaven. All I know is that You are God and are more than a stature, but alive and well. I give You glory. I give You praise. If I lift my hands up to worship You, it is because I love You with all my heart, mind, and strength. It is my prayer that people will fall in love with their king, as I have. Thank You for everything, Lord. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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