God is constantly changing

How does a famous hymn put it:
“Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
there is no shadow of turning with thee;
thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not;
as thou hast been thou forever will be.”

Today’s reading from 1 Chronicles 17:1-27 tells a whole different story:
As long as God’s people wander through the desert, God wanders with them. As God’s people settle down in the promised land, God settles down with them. And the stories go on and on…

A God who is constantly with God’s people must be constantly changing. That is how people are.


Can you delegate religion?

1 Chronicles 16:8-43 is full of praise. All those majestic deeds of this Holy God. The closing is rather profane:

Different priests are put in charge of different services. Then everyone went home, and David went home to spend some time with his family.

Can worship really be delegated to professionals that do all the praising for you? Isn’t it comforting to know, on the other hand, that when you don’t worship someone else is praying for you still?


Qualified leadership

1 Chronicles 15:1—16:7: David prepares to bring the Covenant Box from the home of Obed- Edom, a member of the Levite tribe, to Jerusalem. He arranges for a liturgical procession to accompany the transfer of the Covenant Box. In an earlier attempt to bring the Covenant Box to Jerusalem, the Levites were not involved and the attempt failed (see 1 Chronicles 13:5-14).

What qualifies church leaders?
That depends on the kind of ministry you are pursuing.
To become a pastor you need at least a Master of Divinity.