Key Verse: “All these which were chosen to be porters in the gates were two hundred and twelve. These were reckoned by their genealogy in their villages, whom David and Samuel the seer did ordain in their set office” (1 Chronicles 9:22).
Message: It is common these days for people to rush to church on service days and even officiate there as a matter of routine. Some people give very little thought to what it means to worship God, and therefore, the services they render not pleasing to Him. If only they knew that to worship God is to solemnly, lovingly and thankfully appreciate Him for who He is (His nature and Self-worth), they would worship acceptably.
In Israel, the priests, porters and levites who served in the temple took their duty very seriously. They were chosen on the basis of their genealogy and family tree that was traced to Abraham. The weight of their duty also made it imperative that they be reliable and trustworthy to officiate in various capacities in the worship of God. Their responsibilities were to be discharged with utmost care for the glory of God and benefit of the people. While some of them looked after the temple treasures, chambers and vessels, others handled the ointment, fine flour, wine, oil, frankincense ointments, spices and showbread. There were others whose work was singing. In all these, they were dutiful and faithful. Deeper Life Daily Manna 13 February 2018
It’s important we have a flourishing relationship with the Lord and approach worship of God with utmost reverence. The new birth experience is indispensable here. Also, dependability, faith and commitment to Him are also required of true worshippers. Personal and congregational worship must be our primary purpose around which all other activities of life revolve. And each time we gather for congregational worship, it must be with a prepared heart to appreciate Him, receive His words and obey them. God’s worship must be devoid of frivolities, carnality and sensuality. Virtues of joy, peace, self-control, purity, modesty, love and faith must characterise our lives during worship of God for His blessings to flow into our lives.