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I Wonder How Much Solomon’s Choir Rehearsed.

March 10th, 2016

I sometimes read the Bible all wrong. I read texts like this….

1 Chron. 5:12 Also the Levites which were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, being arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps, stood at the east end of the altar, and with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets:) 13 It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord; 14 So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God

…and I just kind of… keep reading, forgetting that these were real human beings. They were NOT supernaturally endowed with perfect voices and harmonious melodies right there on the spot.

Guess what… they had to REHEARSE for this moment.

When we have big days, like our Easter services, we rehearse weekly for months. Imagine if you had to build the most glorious building ever built in the history of mankind (seriously!), and you were planning the open ceremonies. Imagine if you were building GOD’S house– the physical manifestation of His presence–and you were in charge of the music for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Talk about pressure!

The music of Solomon’s ceremonies had an incredible impact. They sang. They played instruments. Solomon prayed (chapter 6), and then God filled the temple with His glory (5:14, and chapter 7). It must have been the most incredible sight that anyone had ever seen.

I wonder if the choir would have flubbed their songs. I wonder if they’d just thrown something together the week before. I wonder if the result would have been the same.

I doubt it. We’re not doing choir for some kind of manufactured result we’re after, but we always need to keep in mind that it’s a WORTHY God we serve.

-Bro. Ryan

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