“24 And the leaders of the Levites were Hashabiah, Sherebiah, Jeshua son of Kadmiel, and their associates, who stood opposite them to give praise and thanksgiving, one section responding to the other, as prescribed by David the man of God.” NIV
It’s obvious that at this time they were endeavouring to organise their worship according to God’s Word. Note the words in (24b): ‘’…as prescribed by David the man of God.’’ (See also 36, 37, 45, 46).
I remember a line in a song by John Pantry. It was entitled ‘Empty Handed’. The line I’m thinking about goes, ‘Oh how I wanted to be godly…’ There’s such longing in these words.
Don’t you also feel that longing – to be a man, a woman, of faith, of prayer, of the Word and of the Spirit – to be a man, or woman, of God? I know there is a deep cry in my heart in this direction. At times great waves wash over it, as if to carry it away; as if to destroy it. Yet I find it is always there, just below the surface.
Being a man, or woman of God doesn’t mean you will never mess up. It doesn’t mean you will be flawless. Read David’s story from beginning to end. He did not always cover himself in glory. Yet in spite of his many sins, failures and glaring faults, his heart was for God.
‘How long the influence of David has lingered over the world, like the afterglow of a sunset!. Mark the characteristic in him which laid the foundation of his supremacy over the hearts of his countrymen. He was pre-eminently ‘’a man of God.’’ Notwithstanding his terrible fall, his people recognised that his salient characteristic was Godward.’ F.B.Meyer: ‘Great verses through the Bible’, p.171.
Meyer goes on to quote these words, ‘It is not what we give to Jesus, but what we take from Him, that makes us strong, helpful, and victorious day by day.’ Then he adds this comment, ‘Accept this as a fact, that in Jesus God has made all his fullness dwell. There is nothing we require, for life or godliness, that is not stored in Him; but the terrible loss of our lives is that we take so little.’
PRAYER: Lord, thank you that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled. So, cause me to be hungry and thirsty, for Jesus’ sake, Amen