Your procession has come into view, O God – the procession of my God and King as he goes into the sanctuary. Singers are in front, musicians behind; between them are young women playing tambourines. Praise God, all you people of Israel; praise the Lord, the source of Israel's life. Look, the little tribe of Benjamin leads the way. Then comes a great throng of rulers from Judah and all the rulers of Zebulun and Naphtali. Psalm 68: 24-27 NLT
The procession of my God and King as he goes into the Sanctuary. What an image of God entering with God's people! First there at the singers and musicians. Then comes the young women playing tambourines – certainly people of no consequence. Then, of all the tribes, the smallest one leads the way with the other tribes following. When God enters God's dwelling place, the least and the last will be first.
Funny how God does things backwards. God looks for and honors the least, the lost, the poor, the powerless, the weak, the helpless, the downtrodden, the peacemakers, the grieving, the meek and the forgotten. Yet, we look up to those who are powerful, rich, well-educated, well-spoken, strong, out-going, and memorable. How can we change our point of view? Could you start by allowing your own worship to reflect the procession described in Psalm 68? Instead of the most important people in the church, begin with children or those newly baptized, the single members or those who don't have as much “pull” in church politics.
God, we praise you, the source of our life! May our worship and our life outlook reflect you. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2012 Amelia G. Sims