Make a Joyful Noise? (1 Chronicles 15-16)

Kenaniah the head Levite was in charge of the singing; that was his responsibility because he was skillful at it. (1 Chronicles 15:22)

Something incredible happens when a person uses his or her God-given talents to leads others in worshipping the Lord.  Excellence, believe it or not, does have a place in the church.

In the particular case of Kenaniah, he was give the responsibility of leading the singing.  Why?  Because he was good at it.  It’s that simple.  Notice that we don’t read that he had a passion for singing or that his heart was in the right place.  I would guess (though I don’t know) that those two qualities existed in him.  Even if they did, however, that wasn’t enough.  The key quality was that he was skilled.

I believe that this principle applies to all people, regardless of what their talents are.  Are you skilled at woodworking? Then use it for leading others to worship.  Are you skilled at giving financially?  Then use it to lead others to worship?  Are you skilled at interacting with people?  Then use it to lead others in worship.

The key is that you are using your giftedness to lead others to have a greater awe of God.

Passion isn’t enough – there should be both passion and talent.  When those two are placed together, I believe that God is glorified.  What are you good at, and how can you use that to lead others to worship the Lord?

Father, I believe that You deserve our very best at all that we do.  You have gifted us in various ways for the sake of enabling various types of worship of You.  Give us courage to use our gifts for Your glory.  Be pleased to accept our offerings, and maybe You be praised!

About Seth

Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.

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