Joy in Obedient Worship
2 Chronicles 29:25-31
Verse 30 King Hezekiah and his officials ordered the Levites to praise the Lord with the words of David and of Asaph the seer. So they sang praises with gladness and bowed down and worshiped.
We come to a time after King Solomon has died and kings have once again walked away from God’s way. They were not even using the beautiful Temple that Solomon had made. But God brought another righteous king to the throne in Hezekiah. Hezekiah lived in a way that pleased God, just as David had done. And in his very first month on the throne he did the work to get the nation of God focused on their eternal King by opening the Temple and getting it back into working order.
Things had gotten so out of control that the priests and Levites weren’t even cleansed to be able to do the duties that the Lord had commanded they do. The previous priests and Levites had gone so far as to snuff out the lamps and close the doors. But the lack of being ready didn’t discourage the 25 year old king and he called a meeting of the priests and Levites and tells them that the reason that they have been under God’s judgment is because of their lack of following God’s commands.
The king then gives the command to purify themselves and the Temple. He directed them methodically in accordance with the laws that Moses had given from God. It took days to get it to the point where it could be purified. In fact it took 16 days to completely clear the Temple. When they had finished they came to the king and told him that it was clear and that they had gathered the articles of worship that had been removed by a previous, evil king.
This is when the joy could happen. King Hezekiah had animals brought in and ordered burnt offerings and sin offerings be made for all the people. Then he stationed musicians around and had them play and sing as the sacrifice was being offered. They were using King David’s instruments and singing the Psalms. This joy wasn’t totally based on circumstances. The priests and Levites had to be ordered to get things cleaned up. They had to be ordered to worship. They had grown up under lawless priests and they weren’t doing these things out of a love of God. This joy that they had was based on their choice to obey. They were worshiping and praising as they had been created to do. We too can find joy thorough worship when we worship as we have been commanded to do.
Making It Personal
Do you find joy in worship even when you don’t feel like worshiping? Why does worship bring you joy? What hasn’t yet brought you joy in life that you need to worship Him about today?
Making It Personal Kids
Have you ever found joy in worshiping Jesus when you didn’t really feel like it? What about worshiping Jesus can bring you joy? When do you find it hard to worship Jesus?
Father, we confess the times when we have not followed You as You call us to. Forgive us for not being diligent in our obedience and worship. Help us worship You in spirit and in truth so that we can experience the joy You promise to give. In Jesus’ name, amen.