To Thank and Praise the Lord … by Rachel Rice

Today’s Reading – 1 Chronicles 23 – 25 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers Read – John 19 – 20Psalms 66 – 70Proverbs 14)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Psalm 61:1 – 3

Read the “0514 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Read a previous post from this passage – The Hope of the Future.”

“For by the last words of David the Levites were numbered from twenty years old and above: Because their office was to wait on the sons of Aaron for the service of the house of the LORD, in the courts, and in the chambers, and in the purifying of all holy things, and the work of the service of the house of God; Both for the shewbread, and for the fine flour for meat offering, and for the unleavened cakes, and for that which is baked in the pan, and for that which is fried, and for all manner of measure and size; And to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD, and likewise at even; And to offer all burnt sacrifices unto the LORD in the sabbaths, in the new moons, and on the set feasts, by number, according to the order commanded unto them, continually before the LORD: And that they should keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, and the charge of the holy place, and the charge of the sons of Aaron their brethren, in the service of the house of the LORD.” (1 Chronicles 23:27-32)

In the weeks leading up to this blog post I’ve read these scriptures over and over. As many of us probably do, I skimmed over the generations of who bore who and didn’t care nearly enough for the attention to detail that God placed in His Word. The reminder echoed through my heart with the conviction that brought me to the realization once again that every single word in this blessed Book is here for a reason, given by inspiration and preserved throughout the ages for us. We stumble through the chapters of generations mispronouncing names and often wondering why God even put this in the Bible, but I would ask you to put aside these preconceived notions that these chapters hold little value. Jump into them with a spirit ready to receive truth from God. Stand in awe at God’s amazing attention to detail and marvel at his accuracy. Don’t shrink from it, go to it with a desire to learn more about God and his word. Find the verses that speak directly to your heart and dwell on them, letting them seep into your soul with their truth.

With that in mind I wanted to share just a little of the truth that God placed on my heart when I read these passages. I read striving to learn and understand and I admired the organization of how each family had their place, and at the order in which things were conducted. Then my eyes fell to chapter 23 and verse 30 “ and to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord, and likewise at even;”. Among all the details in this passage this verse jumped out at me. Praise: one of the most prominent commands in the Bible. The phrase resonated in my heart with the Holy Spirit in that calm still voice asking me if I had been praising and thanking the Lord? Not only in the morning but in the evening as well. Asking if I had been giving God the glory that He is due.

My twofold challenge is simple, but I hope it will bless you and help you as you go throughout your day, do you go to your bible each day with a heart open to His word? Secondly, do you praise him? Praise him like the Levite’s who were skilled and cunning singers and those who sang in worship to their almighty creator. Learn to see each word in the Bible as a gift from God and let His spirit speak to you.

Rachel Rice


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