A People Chosen to Worship
Oh, worship the Lordin the beauty of holiness!
Tremble before Him, all the earth. - Psalm 96:9
Israel’s history has another significant aspect not to be overlooked. God desires to establish a people to worship Him. When King David brought back the ark into the city of Jerusalem, he appointed Levites––the priests of the Lord, to thank and praise God. Levite singers and those who played all kinds of stringed instruments, harps and cymbals of bronze joined together to worship the Lord (1 Chronicles 15:16-22; 16:4-6).
David’s Song of Thanksgiving gives us insight into the importance of worship, especially among the other idolatrous nations:
Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples… Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the Lordis great and greatly to be praised; He is also to be feared above all gods… (1Chronicles 16:23-25).
It is interesting to see the difference between Ezra, a Jewish priest who instilled back the value and necessity of worshipping the Lord and Nehemiah, who was called to build the walls of Jerusalem. There was no possible way the people could have their time of worship in the temple, without the safety or protection of walls built to surround the city.
It is the same with us; the walls of our lives are spiritual. How can God accomplish His work of worship in our lives if those walls are broken down? There has to be a rebuilding of the walls in our lives––spiritually speaking, so we can lift up our hands to worship the LORD.
Lift up your hands to the sanctuary and bless the LORD.
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