RAF: Good leadership knows the value of the opinions, experiences and insights of others. Being unchallengable as though we have all the answers is a sure way not to lead others, but rather to drive them. Perhaps even to drive them away.
2 – 1 Chronicles 15:22 (ESV) 22 Chenaniah, leader of the Levites in music, should direct the music, for he understood it.
RAF: There is more to directing music in worship than picking music we like, or that even is just good music. There must be understanding. Understanding of the purpose, the message, the usefulness and the fittedness of the music for the occasion and beyond. It ought not to be haphazard. Not everything pretty or that says “Jesus” is fit.
3 – 1 Chronicles 16:7-12 (ESV) 7 Then on that day David first appointed that thanksgiving be sung to the Lord by Asaph and his brothers.
8 Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
9 Sing to him; sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!
10 Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
11 Seek the Lord and his strength;
seek his presence continually!
12 Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
his miracles and the judgments he uttered,
RAF: There are 7 discernable elements in worship to be found here.
a. (8) Giving Thanks.
b. (8) Calling upon his name. Prayer.
c. (9) Singing TO Him. Praising Him self-consciously. Acknowledging His intrinsic worthiness.
d. (8 & 9) Making known His deeds and wondrous works.
e. (10) Glorying in His holy name. Reveling & celebrating in His mercy, goodness & grace. Rejoicing.
f. (11) Seeking His face, His presence. Entering into authentic intimacy.
g. (12) Remembering what He has done in salvation and life.
4 – 1 Chronicles 17:27 (ESV) 27 Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever before you, for it is you, O Lord, who have blessed, and it is blessed forever.”
RAF: It is in seeking to bless God that we will come to know the fuller depths of His blessing toward us. Have you ever said: “I would just like to do ______ because I think it would bring pleasure to the Father? Why not?
5 – 1 Chronicles 21:18-19 (ESV) 18 Now the angel of the Lord had commanded Gad to say to David that David should go up and raise an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 19 So David went up at Gad’s word, which he had spoken in the name of the Lord.
RAF: Behold our God. The One that by virtue of His own righteousness must judge sin – is the very same One who makes the Way known whereby His mercy might be ours. He saves us – from Himself.