Minister of Thankfulness

“David also appointed Heman, Jeduthun, and the others chosen by name to give thanks to the Lord, for ‘His faithful love endures forever.’”  —  1 Chronicles 16:41

Although David was not allowed to build the temple in Jerusalem, he organized the people who would be needed to carry on worship there. Among those chosen for special duty were a group of men designated as ministers of thanksgiving. One of them was Jeduthun.

We know practically nothing of Jeduthun’s life. He had six sons who also served in the temple. Jeduthun’s family apparently specialized in music with the lyre, a small harp. Jeduthun also had the gift of prophecy. His understanding of God added insight to his thanksgiving, just as thanksgiving heightened his understanding of God.

Jeduthun participated in the great dedication of Solomon’s temple. He is associated in Scripture with three psalms (39, 62, and 77) and very likely composed music for their performance. These psalms demonstrate Jeduthun’s familiarity with the big questions of life and his utter dependence on God.

What comes to mind when you think about God? Awe? Praise? Thanksgiving? Contemplation? Understanding? Intimacy? Fellowship? Obedience? Humility? Maybe we need to ask God to show us a new aspect of His character today.

Would you consider becoming a minister of thanksgiving in your church today? In your world? God’s plan might involve renovating and revolutionizing your life and your church by making you such a minister. Just think — the beginnings of an army of thankful people, marching into the gloom and doom of this world — shining the light of the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ!

I’m ready to march — are you?

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