Monday, July 13, 2009

Footsteps of the Flock: 2 Chronicles 34:12

I should be in bed seeing that I have jury duty at 8:00 am tomorrow but when I read tonight's devotional I just had to share.

It was a good reminder for me especially since tomorrow has the potential to be a loonngg day.

The following is from Jon Courson's devotional "Footsteps of the Flock" for:

July 13th

And the men did work faithfully:
and the overseers of them were
Jahath and Obadiah, the Levites, of the sons of the Merari;
and Zechariah and Meshullam, of the sons of the Kohathites, to set it forward;
and the other of the Levites, all that could skill of instruments of musick.

2 Chronicles 34:12

As the Temple was restored, musicians were playing. Music has a powerful impact and effect upon our spiritual lives...

As he waited on the Lord for a word from Him, Elisha called for a minstrel. And as the minstrel began to play, the Holy Spirit spoke to Elisha (2 Kings 3:15).

How often have you begun to worship the Lord in song - when suddenly He begins to speak to you?

How often have you found yourself encouraged as you've listened to praise music?

Saul was haunted and hounded by a demonic spirit. He called for David to come and play his harp. As songs were played and worship ascended, Saul experienced relief (1 Samuel 16:23).

If you're discouraged, depressed, or defeated, if you want your temple restored, play music.
It will build you up and cause your spirit to soar.

In Job 38, God says that as the foundations of the earth were being laid, the angels were singing songs.

In other words, He does His best work with background music. These guys created an atmosphere that was right spiritually.

The Lord inhabits the praise of His people (Psalm 22:3).

The demons are confused by praise. That is why Jehoshaphat sent a choir before he sent an army to do battle (2 Chronicles 20).

Be a person of praise. Sing in your car. Sing in your shower. Sing when you're depressed.

As Isaiah said, "Sing, O barren one" (see 54:1).

If you'll develop this practice, you'll tap into a spiritual dynamic that will aid and assist you in the days of spiritual warfare.

1 comment:

Ann said...

AAAMMMEEENNN!!!! There is nothing like getting a "Praise Perspective". Lifts your mood and reminds you who you belong to and who HE is. My favorite thing is to have praise music floating through the house as I do various chores and tasks.

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