Daily Devotional

2 Timothy 4:5

But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

I love how the Lord will meet us right where we are! This is where I am at in my daily reading of God's Word. Here the Lord reminded me to fulfill my ministry; what He has gifted me for. So, I want to talk a little bit about that with you.

In 1 & 2 Chronicles the Lord shares with us that He gave special skills as workmen, craftsmen, seamstresses, gatekeepers, soldiers, priests, scribes etc. He also included the musicians in the list; the singers and the instrumentalists. I have always loved to read the passages about how "instrumental" these musicians were in so many strategic moments in Old Testament history. They led the celebration when David brought the Ark of the Covenant back into Jerusalem in "the prescribed manner," (1 Chron. 15). In 2 Chron. 20, after Jehoshaphat prayed "For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us, nor do who know what to do, but our eyes are upon you," the Lord told him through Jahaziel, "Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God's...You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you..." Jehoshaphat appointed singers and those who praised to go out in front of the army. As they began to sing and praise, their enemies were defeated.

Perhaps you know about the famous battle at Jericho, when the "men of valor" along with 7 priests, bearing 7 trumpets, accompanied by the Ark of the Covenant, marched around Jericho for 6 days. Then on the 7th day the LORD instructed the priests to march around the city 7 times and on the 7th time to blow the trumpets and have the people shout and when they did the walls of Jericho miraculously fell down and the city was taken (Josh. 6). All of these demonstrate to me the amazing power there is in the musical praise of the people of God. But you might ask..."What about the New Testament?" Maybe you have overlooked one of the most exciting musical concerts of all time! The herald of the angels as they announced to the shepherds the GOOD NEWS OF JESUS' BIRTH, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!" (Luke 2:14)

Remember earlier I was talking about the Lord reminding me to "fulfill my ministry." In these COVID times it saddens me that singing is an activity or extreme high risk. But I'm not surprised. I believe Satan wants to silence the musical praises of God's people and thwart God's powerful offense! I think NOT! I challenge all of you! I know it can be easy to sit back and become a spectator as Pastor Jon and the Worship Team lead you in worship online each week. I am asking you to go on the offensive for Jesus. Envision the walls that will come down as the people of God "Raise a Hallelujah." Sing out loud and strong and help fulfill my ministry by being the Campus Bible Church Choir!

Raise a hallelujah, in the presence of my enemies 
Raise a hallelujah, louder than the unbelief
Raise a hallelujah, my weapon is a melody
Raise a hallelujah, heaven comes to fight for me
I'm gonna sing in the middle of a storm
Louder and louder you're gonna hear my praises roar 

Up from the ashes hope is alive
Death is defeated the King is alive!

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD! (Psalm 150:6)
New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James VersionĀ®. Copyright Ā© 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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