Day 45 – “I want to lead singing.” I can’t tell you how many times I have heard that statement in churches, yet here, we see just what a job that is. Read Nehemiah 11:20-36.
The rest of Israel, of the priests and of the Levites, were in all the cities of Judah, each on his own inheritance. But the temple servants were living in Ophel, and Ziha and Gishpa were in charge of the temple servants. Now the overseer of the Levites in Jerusalem was Uzzi the son of Bani, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Mica, from the sons of Asaph, who were the singers for the service of the house of God. For there was a commandment from the king concerning them and a firm regulation for the song leaders day by day. Pethahiah the son of Meshezabel, of the sons of Zerah the son of Judah, was the king’s representative in all matters concerning the people. Now as for the villages with their fields, some of the sons of Judah lived in Kiriath-arba and its towns, in Dibon and its towns, and in Jekabzeel and its villages, and in Jeshua, in Moladah and Beth-pelet, and in Hazar-shual, in Beersheba and its towns, and in Ziklag, in Meconah and in its towns, and in En-rimmon, in Zorah and in Jarmuth, Zanoah, Adullam, and their villages, Lachish and its fields, Azekah and its towns. So they encamped from Beersheba as far as the valley of Hinnom. The sons of Benjamin also lived from Geba onward, at Michmash and Aija, at Bethel and its towns, at Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah, Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim, Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat, Lod and Ono, the valley of craftsmen. From the Levites, some divisions in Judah belonged to Benjamin.
Nehemiah 11:20-36 NASB
There were actual regulations that were set up for the singers. This wasn’t just a simple job where they could stand up in front of other people and sing. No, this was a specific job with specific regulations that had to be followed day-by-day. When we think about anything that we do for God, any role, any talent, any position, God must get the glory but there is always work involved. God will never ask us to do something that doesn’t require work. Are we willing to put forth the work in the areas that God has for us? When God gives us the talent, he also gives us the responsibility to use that talent in a way that glorifies him. How are we working at doing that more and more each day?