Week 33: Life as Worship

Today’s Text: First Chronicles 5-9

Key Text: First Chronicles 9:33-34

“Those who were musicians, heads of Levite families, stayed in the rooms of the temple and were exempt from other duties because they were responsible for the work day and night. All these were heads of Levite families, chiefs as listed in their genealogy, and they lived in Jerusalem.”

In the long genealogical lists and outlining of all the special responsibilities that were given to the people of Israel – worship is given special focus. Much attention is given to the work of the Levites and others who had the responsibility of helping all the people worship in the proper way.

Thousands of years later – God has still called certain individuals to serve as worship leaders and “gatekeepers” for the church. The best of these take their work seriously – as a life calling – not just a job.

How easy it is these days, though, to put worship in a little box – one space on a weekly calendar – of just an hour or two – and leave it at that.

I believe the people of God are called to do much more than that.

Not just the clergy or musicians or worship leaders among us, but all of us, are called to do much more than that.

I believe we are called to make our whole lives acts of worship of devotion.

One wayto do that is “do worship” – the ritual, the music, the readings, the recitations – on a regular basis in a designated “house of worship.”

But surely another, even more profound way, is to let our whole lives be a prayer and act of celebratory service to God.

Worship as life – and life as worship.

I like the sound of that.

How about you?

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