Good morning all!
Today’s scripture: 2 Chronicles 20:18-22
18 Then Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the Lord, worshiping the Lord. 19 And the Levites, of the Kohathites and the Korahites, stood up to praise the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.
20 They rose early in the morning and went out into the wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God and you will be established; believe his prophets.” 21 When he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who were to sing to theLord and praise him in holy splendor, as they went before the army, saying,
“Give thanks to the Lord,
for his steadfast love endures forever.”
22 As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set an ambush against the Ammonites, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed.
It is not often that we get to talk about Jehoshaphat. While a super fun name to say, we hardly bring up the books of Chronicles in the church world. Jehoshaphat was the fourth king in the kingdom of Judah. He was the son of the King Asa before him. If you remember hebrew scripture stories, the kingdom was split into two…Judah to the south and Israel to the North. Most of the time the North was a mess and turned kings over fairly quickly. Judah as a little bit more stability but still is weak against people like Assyria.
Anyway, Jehoshaphat claims the throne at the age of 35 and reigns for about 25 years. Scripture tells us that he is a pretty good king. Scripture writers show him in a pretty favorable light. The kingdom seems to be peaceful and prosperous under this king.
As I read through this morning’s story and saw was was before and what came after what struck me was that at the base of praise to God for safety, the king appoints certain people to sing. The line is, “he appointed those who were to sing to the Lord and praise him in holy splendor.” This was someone’s job. They were appointed to it. Which means that to be appointed to something is an honor to be appointed to it as your livelihood for that moment in time. They did not jump up…people did not swarm…it wasn’t expected that all would just do…it was appointed.
What if today you were appointed to sing and praise God? How would it change your demeanor, your day, your way of walking in the world? What if it were part of your job and your life depended on this moment of song? It would be an interesting practice and social experiment to do so…wouldn’t it?
What if we try it today. Carry that will you. How will you show praise at some point today because you were appointed to do so?
Or another take….what if you looked at your job and vocation in this world (I would not consider those the same at times) as something appointed to you by God. Whatever you do is AS IMPORTANT to God and the people around you as singing praise. You are ordained to do just this thing in the world (ordained means set apart by God to do so). How does that change how you do what you do during the day? How does it create space for God in it?
Let me know how it goes.