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So the children of Israel who were present at Jerusalem kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with great gladness; and the Levites and the priests praised the Lord day by day, singing to the Lord, accompanied by loud instruments. And Hezekiah gave encouragement to all the Levites who taught the good knowledge of the Lord; and they ate throughout the feast seven days, offering peace offerings and making confession to the Lord God of their fathers.

2 Chronicles 30:21-22

As you read this you may be preparing for the Lord's day and worship at your local church. I hope that you praised God with all your being, you allow your soul to cry out to the Creator. Have you ever noticed your pastor, bible study leader or worship leader and how they lead you? It is often a daunting task to lead God's people in worship of Him and to do it well in spirit and truth. Hezekiah gave encouragement to the temple leaders after they had led the people to worship during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. It is good and biblical to encourage our leaders. It is also important to pray for them as they prepare to lead us in worship.

This week as you take time to praise God, thank Him for the leaders that put their effort into leading us into His presence, into ushering us to the throne of God. Praise Him that they answered His call to serve in this way. Praise God that He alone provided them exactly what they needed to do the work He called them to. Praise God that we have the opportunity to praise Him. In addition to praise, prepare your heart and mind for worship. Show up focused on what God is going to do in worship and how you might be challenged to live a life more committed to the spread of the Gospel.

Prayer: God thank you for those who lead us to praise you. Thank you that you are worthy of praise and you called your people to yourself. I pray that you will encourage our worship leaders, those who teach us and those who pastor us. Give us opportunities to show your grace, love and mercy.

Rev. David Richardson is the associate pastor of First Baptist Creedmoor.