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Friday, April 5, 2013

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The arrival of the Ark of the Lord to Jerusalem was an occasion of great rejoicing. The king had asked the Levites to prepare special songs to be presented by the choir of Levite musicians and to be sung by the people. An array of musical instruments was used, giving the meeting a live, festive atmosphere.


Full-time musicians were appointed to devote themselves for the worship and praise to God before the Holy Ark. Their main assignments were to guide the people in petition, gratitude and praise to the Lord.


Nothing was overlooked for this extraordinary occasion. Each participant received a light meal of bread, a cake of dates and one of raisins. It was a simple, yet tasty and nutritious meal.


A poem was composed especially for the occasion (1 Chronicles 16:8-36). The verses invited the people to rejoice in the presence of God for who He is and what He does. The poem portrayed God as someone strong, actively involved in defending and protecting His people. The worshipers were invited to think deeply on God's character: "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever" (verse 34).


After the worship service the king blessed the people then "returned home to bless his family" (verse 43). These words remind us that as important as our public obligations and duties may be, the best worship is that which makes us better parents and citizens.


What a privilege it would have been to attend a worship service like this! The worshipers returned to their homes beaming with joy and filled with confidence in God.


Lord, teach me to worship You in the beauty of your holiness!

 

Jobson Santos
Adventist Media Center
Brazil