Focus verses: 1 Chronicles 23:1-6
David was old and putting his affairs in order. The Levites' duties changed because they no longer needed to move the tent of meeting. Levites, priests, judges, gatekeepers, and musicians were decided by lot and given their assigned duties. David did all this to get his house in order before his death.
Four thousand of the thirty-eight thousand men were appointed to be musicians with harps, cymbals and lyres. That represents more than ten percent of their numbers. And that doesn't count the special group of appointed singers.
David thought the music was important. Since he was a man after God's own heart, we can assume God thought the music was important as well. The singers didn't just sing, they prophesied to the music. We can be certain that they praised as well.
God inhabits the praises of His people. When we sing, we stir the Holy Spirit within our spirit. The words and music resonate with us and leave us uplifted, better than when we started. He who sings, prays twice - once in the music and once in the words.
When in doubt, sing. When in trouble, sing. When put upon by all kinds of trials and problems, sing.
Lift up your heart and voice. Sing!
Thank you for the ability to praise you in music and song. We are grateful that you said "make a joyful noise" not sing beautifully on key. Touch our hearts so that we are ever ready to open in mouths in praise of You.
In Jesus' most precious name.