AT THAT TIME THE LORD SEPARATED THE TRIBE OF LEVI TO BEAR THE ARK OF THE COVENANT OF THE LORD, TO STAND BEFORE THE LORD, TO MINISTER UNTO HIM AND TO BLESS IN HIS NAME UNTO THIS DAY!
The word “minister” is used very loosely today. It actually means to attend to the needs of…..to cater to….to care for….to comfort….to support…to nurse…..to wait upon…to stand in the presence of!
The assignment of worship is to stand, to wait, to minister unto the Lord, to attend to His needs and to bless in His name.
The job description of the Levites is still applicable to us today. When we come to stand to minister we must not come with our own agendas and we cannot be in a hurry to leave. Our waiting on him does not start when we are called upon to sing during praise and worship. It starts in the secret place. When no one was around.
We must learn how to stand and wait. Allow God to speak. We need to learn to be quiet. Most times our prayer times are monologues. But it should be a dialogue. And the most important speaker is God and not you. If we allow God to speak, many things He will say, directions He will give will surprise us. Because His ways are not our ways, neither are His thoughts.
- In order to receive, He says we should give
- When we are weak He says we should declare that we are strong, Joel 3:10
- He says it is in our weakness that His strength is made perfect, 2Cor. 12:9
- He says when you are cursed release blessings, Luke 6:28
THEREFORE TO MINISTER TO SUCH A PERSON, YOU NEED TO LEARN QUIETNESS. YOU NEED TO HAVE PATIENCE TO WAIT FOR HIS INSTRUCTIONS. YOU HAVE TO KNOW AND UDERSTAND HIM AND HOW HE DEALS WITH SPECIFIC SITUATIONS.
When she knew (knowledge!!!)
She washed, wiped, kissed and anointed. (she ministered to His needs, she cared, tended, nursed Him. She blessed Him. All this without a word.
It is VERY IMPORTANT to the Lord that we love Him and minister to Him. He said to those around even before He addressed the lady, Her sins are forgiven because she loved much. We allow so called issues and sin to drive us away from God’s presence, always seeing our selves as unworthy. Who told you that??? Jesus made you worthy. You have been purchased. Your life is no longer your own!! Love Him! Serve Him! Wait on Him! Minister to Him!
TO CONCLUDE, THE SECRET OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP IS SIMPLY BEING IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD WHOM YOU WORSHIP. YOU CANNOT WORSHIP FROM AFAR. GET TO KNOW HIM FOR YOURSELF. LEARN TO MINISTER TO HIM. KNOWLEDGGE OF HIM WILL DRAW YOU TO HIM. MINISTERING TO HIM WILL BRING ABOUT INTIMACY. YOU WILL BEGIN TO DWELL AND TO ABIDE. AND BECOME A WOMAN or MAN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART. GOD BLESS YOU.