Friday, July 6, 2012
Our Identity As Musicians
As I read the responsibilities of the Levites in Scripture, I find more amazing truths about my identity and what God has chosen me to do. For starters, Levites are priests. They are a royal priesthood whom God chose himself to care for the tabernacle. The Levites also did not receive an allotment of land because God is their inheritance. Their “income” was strictly the tithe of the Israelite community. They lived in tents surrounding the “Tent of Meeting” where God’s glory dwelled for a time, and then at the temple once Solomon constructed it. King David also established musicians from the Levite clan to minister before the Lord. These musicians played day and night, 24/7; I’m sure they were on rotation since there were 4000 of them. The study is fascinating!
Then I got thinking. Since these musicians were chosen to play day and night at the temple, THAT was their identity. They did not know anything else since they remained at the temple ministering before the Lord through music. Music was even passed down from generation to generation. Fathers taught their children the “roles and responsibilities” of the priesthood they were chosen for. My conclusion for now is that being a musician IS an identity in Christ. Levites are truly worship leaders according to scripture because the Israelites who desired God followed the Levites to Jerusalem to worship. Those of us who desire to minister before the Lord as musicians have a fascinating calling. Check it out in the scriptures! It’s awesome!
So, I’m curious to hear from others:
* What is your identity?
* Do you see being a musician as an identity in Christ?
* How did God reveal your identity to you?
* As a musician, how do you see yourself?
* What does it mean to be a Levite musician today?