Joy on Repeat
2 Chronicles 30:15-23
Verse 21 The Israelites who were present in Jerusalem celebrated the Festival of Unleavened Bread for seven days with great rejoicing, while the Levites and priests praised the Lord every day with resounding instruments dedicated to the Lord.
We continue yesterday’s story and watch their joy grow as they obey. After getting the Temple ready to worship, the king wanted to make sure they started celebrating the festivals, and the time of Passover was near. The problem was that not enough of the priests would be purified in time. So the decision was made to hold it a month later (2 Chronicles 30:3). While this was not something that was normally allowed the king knew that putting it off until next year would allow for complacency to once again set in.
The word went out to every region and verse 12 says God’s hand was over the people so that their hearts wanted to obey. Once again obedience brings the people of God to joy. The people did come and the celebration was full. So full in fact that they had to make more room for the people to gather. This led to more purging in the city of the altars to the false gods.
The people aren’t the only ones who are having conviction about being slack about obeying God’s laws. The priests and Levites were ashamed and so they consecrated themselves to the Lord and got down to business.
An issue did come up with some of the people not being purified for the celebration and the king prayed for God to allow them to join in because of the right intentions of their hearts. They wanted to worship. They wanted to obey and because God knew this, He healed them. He welcomed them in to worship and communion with Himself.
This celebration brought so much joy that they decided to celebrate it for another week. This is the joy that is ours when we live intentionally about our relationship with God. When we do the things we need to do to obey Him and worship Him the way He wants to be worshiped, we will find that we don’t want that special time with Him to end. We will come to hunger for the joy of His presence. It is this very reason that He came as the tiny babe in a manger. For God so loved the world He sent His Son! He wanted a committed relationship with us and so took the first and greatest step to be in relationship.
Making It Personal
When was the last time you left time spent with God full of joy? Did you desire to continue instead of leaving the time? Do you find that you desire increasing time with God?
Making It Personal Kids
Do you get excited about worshiping Jesus? What is your favorite way to worship Him? What do you think is Jesus’ favorite way for you to worship Him?
Father, thank You for calling us to spend time with You. Help us desire more time and deeper time with You. In Jesus’ name, amen.