April 30, 2021 CAC Living Water Devotional : Topic – BRING ME A MUSCIAN
LIVING WATER CAC DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Friday, April 30, 2021 – International Jazz Day & Great Prayer Day
BRING ME A MUSCIAN
Read: 2 Kings 3:10-15
2 Kings 3:10-15 And the king of Israel said, Alas! that the Lord hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab!
But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the Lord, that we may enquire of the Lord by him? And one of the king of Israel’s servants answered and said, Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, which poured water on the hands of Elijah.
And Jehoshaphat said, The word of the Lord is with him. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.
And Elisha said unto the king of Israel, What have I to do with thee? get thee to the prophets of thy father, and to the prophets of thy mother. And the king of Israel said unto him, Nay: for the Lord hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab.
And Elisha said, As the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee.
But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him.
But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him. (2 kings 3v15)
The spirit of God is symbolised by dove in the Bible. The nature of dove is that it lives not where there is strife. So, where there is anger, the Spirit can not move. For Elisha to utter a prophecy, he needed the Spirit of God to inspire him. He knew that God’s Spirit always comes when man’s mind is calm. But seeing his surroundings, Naboth’s vineyard came to his mind. Before him was king of Edom, an isolated, the king of Israel, worshiper of Baal, and the king of Judah in confederancy with them! Indignation and pith strove within his heart. His justice and piety made him feel that he could have nothing to do with the two idolatrous kings, but pity and humanity made him wish to deliver the army from perishing by thirst. Therefore, to receive a means-music, and asked for a devout musician, one accustomed to playing upon harp and singing to it like David.
This day international commemorating both Jazz and Great Prayer, what are the lessons we should learn from this, if we want to serve the Lord and speak in His name?
1. We must strive to be in state of mind fit for the Lord’s work. We cannot serve the Lord appropriately if we harbour bitterness in our hearts.
2. No matter how angry we are, there must be someone whose presence or word we have regard for. As angry as Elisha was, seeing Jehosphaphat, the godly king of Judah, he said *As the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee. (2 kings 3v14). In a moment that you lose it, is there anyone anywhere that can talk to you and you listen? Is there anyone to whom you can show due, respect to, an you consequently do what’s is right?
1. Thank the Lord for His indwelling Holy Spirit.
2. Pray that the Lord will give you the grace to minister under the inspiration 2if the Holy Spirit.
3. Lord, let there be revival of scripture music (Psalming) among Christian musician.
EXTRA READINGS FOR TODAY: 1 Samuel 16:21-18:3, Luke 10:32-20:5