Arthur O’Shaughnessy once wrote, “We are the music-makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams, wandering by lone sea-breakers, and sitting by desolate streams, world-losers and world-forsakers, on whom the pale moon gleams: yet we are the movers and shakers of the world forever, it seems.”
When the ark of the covenant was brought into Jerusalem, David told the Levites to appoint their relatives as musicians. The singers were to sing joyfully while the harps, cymbals, and lyres played. Seven priests were to go before the ark playing trumpets. A celebration was about to take place. David was going to dance before the Lord. There had to be music. And Chenaniah, who was skillful in music, was selected as the musical worship leader.
“Chenaniah, the leader of the Levites, was to direct the music because he was skillful.” 1 Chronicles 15:22 HCSB
Chenaniah was the music maker for King David that day. The entrance of the ark just wouldn’t have been the same without him. Today, those of us entrusted with the musical and artistic worship of the church are the music makers. We have been selected to lead the people of God in celebration of His new covenant with us.
That means several things:
We must strive to be skillful.
The body of Christ needs us.
And it wouldn’t be the same without us.