Praising the Lord

1 Chronicles 23:5 ..four thousand praised the LORD with the instruments which I made, said David, to praise therewith.

David was a man of many talents and he loved to commune with the Lord, to sing to the Lord, to win battles for the Lord, kill giants in the Name of the Lord and here, he makes mention of an orchestra of 4,000, playing instruments that he, David, made!

The text makes it obvious that his purpose for making the instruments was not for profit, not to establish a musical instrument factory, not to get a corner on the music section of the Patent Office! 'the instruments which I made to praise therewith!' said David.

What will you leave behind as a record of your life's journey? Have you yielded your abilities, hobbies, interests and talents to somehow glorify the Lord? You can, you know!

God asked Moses, 'What's that in your hand?' Moses replied, 'A rod.' Moses' rod became famous throughout Egypt and throughout the camp of Israel, and throughout history! Why? Because its purpose in Moses' hand was to glorify God!

For Samson, it was a donkey's jawbone. Remember David's sling and five smooth stones? How about the little boy's lunch of five loaves and two fish? For Jael, it was a bottle of milk, a tent peg and a hammer (Judges 4:19-21)

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. (Colossians 3:17)

A Hymn of Praise

by Phil Freeman

Oh Lord, I may not have the skill
To play an instrument,
But what is mine You gave to me
I know it's Heaven-sent.

Whatever I may do today
In thought and word and deed,
I yield it to Your purpose, Lord,
Your glory to succeed!

Forgive me for my selfishness,
My pride and foolish ways!
I'd like the Book of Life to bless
The record of my days!

Oh Lord, make me an instrument
Of music unto you
Please come and play my heart today,
Communion-music true!

I give You what is in my hand,
My everything is Yours.
I'll go or stay at Your command,
You close and open doors.

Lord, make my life a hymn of praise
In everything I do
May all my deeds for all my days
Bring glory unto You!

©1996 by Phil Freeman

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