My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
A mischievous thought
Asaph the chief, and second to him Zechariah, then Jeiel,
Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-edom and Jeiel,
with musical instruments, harps, lyres; also Asaph played loud-sounding cymbals,
(1 Chronicles 16:5 NASB)
The ark of the covenant is being returned to the Israelites. David
is dancing for joy and the people are praising and worshiping God. The
entire event is for God and giving thanks to him. There is a
procession of people who are preparing the way for the ark and included
in the mix are instrumentalists who are praising God with their musical
talent. The musicians are listed with Asaph being the worship leader.
He chooses his instrument to lead the entire worship team and he leads
the way with the cymbals. Interestingly it doesn't just mention that he
uses any old cymbals but he selects the "loud-sounding" cymbals. This
is the worship leaders method of praising God.
So, yes, I'm feeling a little mischievous today and when I read
this scripture where it specified that Asaph was playing the
"loud-sounding" cymbals, I just had to chuckle. I think of all the
worship wars which are fought over the type of music we have in church
services. I am also quite often amused at the drummer with the cymbals
who sits in a plexiglass cage. I can only imagine that we might, at
times, think that the only type of cymbal to be played in church is
about 2 inches in diameter and tapped with a little stick. But here --
the emphasis was on praising God -- not on what the worshipers liked!
Now, I do certainly understand that this was almost like a marching band
and they were playing outside and they could play their hearts out and
it wasn't going to be too loud. But I think the point is that they
realized that this music was being played for God. I don't think the
selection of instruments had anything to do with the likes or the
dislikes of the crowd. The crowd didn't matter in this sense -- because
the only audience they had in mind was God!
What would happen to us on Sunday mornings if we really planned our
worship to be all about God? If we were able to put aside all of our
personal wants and desires and realize that everything we do that day is
to be for him? I think it would change the way that we come to the
worship experience. There would be days that we would be selecting the
"loud-sounding" cymbals because we would realize that this would bring
joy to God the Father. It's about him -- not about me.
Lord, may you always be the focus of our worship and may we not be distracted by desiring worship to be what we want. Amen.