David Appoints Solomon King/Duties of the Musicians – 1 Chron. 23 – 25

David Appoints Solomon King/Duties of the Musicians - 1 Chron. 23 - 25Today’s reading has us in 1 Chronicles 23 – 25 where David appoints his son, Solomon, to be the next king of the nation of Israel.

Nothing too spiritually significant jumped out at me today, but I was impressed at the pagentry (or at least the sheer numbers of people involved) at the coronation ceremony:

3 All the Levites who were thirty years old or older were counted, and the total came to thirty-eight thousand. 4 Then David said, “Twenty-four thousand of them will supervise the work at the Temple of the LORD. Six thousand are to serve as officials and judges. 5 Four thousand will work as gatekeepers, and another four thousand will praise the LORD with the musical instruments I have made.”

Did you catch that last part? Four thousand musicians will praise the Lord with musical instruments David made. So that’s what David’s been doing with all his spare time!

Here’s another interesting musician-moment I noticed in today’s reading:

1 David and the army commanders then appointed men from the families of Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun to proclaim God’s messages to the accompaniment of harps, lyres, and cymbals.

I’m not sure, but I haven’t heard recently anything about a nation’s leadership and army commanders appointing people as “official musicians.” How cül is that? It goes on to describe their very important duties:

6 All these men were under the direction of their fathers as they made music at the house of the LORD. Their responsibilities included the playing of cymbals, lyres, and harps at the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman reported directly to the king. 7 They and their families were all trained in making music before the LORD, and each of them 288 in all was an accomplished musician.

This reveals how seriously they used to take praising the Lord with music. How serious do we take it today?


  1. #1 by Pastoa Alvin Parris, IIII on August 11, 2009 - 11:32 am

    Bravo! As a Music Pastor for the past 30 years, I appreciate the re-telliing of King David’s experiences as the leader of his country’s musicians, and their assignments.

    Keep up the good work!

    Alvin Parris, III
    Joy Community Churcch
    Assistant Pastor/Director of Worship
    Rochester, NY

  2. #2 by Erika on April 12, 2012 - 11:28 pm

    Keep learning, practising and praising the Lord!!

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