Day Four: Worship – Joyful Living

Exodus 29:42-46 (NIV) – “The Song of the Tent”

“For the generations to come this burnt offering is to be made regularly 
at the entrance to the tent of meeting, before the Lord.
There I will meet you
and speak to you; 
there also I will meet with the Israelites,
and the place will be consecrated by my glory.
“So I will consecrate the tent of meeting and the altar
and will consecrate Aaron and his sons to serve me as priests. 
Then I will dwell among the Israelites
and be their God. 
They will know that I am the Lord their God,
who brought them out of Egypt 
so that I might dwell among them.
I am the Lord their God.

“I believe that verses 29:42-46 are poetry. This song is a celebration of the Tent of Meeting as a place of constant communion between YHWH (Yahweh) and Israel via the sacrifices offered there daily. The significance of the act is brought out in the poem. The mood is positive and joyful, and it celebrates the significance of the Tent of Meeting: YHWH is present with Israel. He instructs them, sanctifies the sanctuary and its priests, and maintains the covenant relationship – that he is their God.  So understood, the ritual is not burdensome, but a realization of the promise that Israel will be unique among the nations, a treasured possession and holy people belonging to YHWH (Exod. 19:5)” [Duane A. Garrett, A Commentary on Exodus, pages 598, 600]

We are God’s temple. He is dwelling among us and what a great joy and privilege that we can live a life of worship un to the Lord. Worship in all its details and preparation is a joyful privilege.  As we are reminded of this wonderful reality in Christ, may the Holy Spirit fill our hearts afresh in joyful worship unto the Lord. Let’s pray that we will worship him in all that we do today.

Let’s close in prayer to this song, 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) by Matt Redman.

– EK