Scheduled Reflection prior to the rehearsal time (January 13th, 2012)
Psalm 62:5-8 (NIV)
Addressed to all members of R-EFS
Still you remember the date, month, and year when you first came to join Romamti-Ezer Family Singers? Still you remember the reason why you made up your mind to join or to re-join (for those who ever quit but then join again) this choir? Can you try to count how many years/ months / days you have been partaking in R-EFS’ rehearsals and ministry? Now, think of how or why on earth that you are still exist in this choir. Take your time to reflect those questions.
As time goes by, we are now living our first days in 2012. According to some scientists, it’s going to be the last year in human civilization on earth. Hmmm..a friend of mine wrote, “Since when did the Mayans gain credibility to determine the end of our time?” 🙂
Apart from such scientific research and any possibilities that might happen in 2012, I’d like to take you back to the prehistoric time, to the Old Testament period. This Bible passage is started with an introduction phrase, “For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.” The first part variation in some other translations use ‘For the choir director’ and ‘For the choirmaster’, etc. In this context, it refers to Jeduthun, who was one of the three Levites musicians at that time that were appointed by King David to serve in the house of the Lord “for the ministry of prophesying , accompanied by harps, lyres and cymbals.” (1 Chronicles 25:1). The other two Levites are Asaph and Heman; just to remind you, Heman is the father of Romamti-Ezer.
Since the very beginning, the children of Jeduthun, Heman, and Asaph have been assigned for that ministry. Intermezo, since I was a little child I often hear about a favorite Christmas phrase saying ‘..two thousand years ago..’ (I mean can you imagine or count of how many thousands / millions of years have passed since that choral ministry disappear from the regular church service?). Then here we are, the present child of Heman, restored to continue that previous ministry.
Related to the board’s plan to open an audition for new members, can it be that we are given a new vision to reach out for our sisters and brothers (children of Heman) or our friends (children of Asaph and Jeduthun). It could be in a direct way (by joining R-EFS) or in an indirect way (by encouraging other Christian choirs to actively serve in the house of the Lord and not just merely partake in every competition).
Considering the world situation in 2012, should we necessarily worry about it? The end of the world, the second coming of Jesus Christ, isn’t it all written in the Bible with all its details and chronology? Or maybe some of us see the Bible as no more than just a fairy tale so we become very concern on that end-of-time-issue by now? Moreover, the changing climate and the rumbling volcanoes that make the headline news lately, seems like so convincing to make us believe that it’s about time! In fact, the Bible tells us that nobody knows about it, even Jesus the Son of God doesn’t know the time because He is awaiting for His Father’s command.
In respond to such terrifying issue, let us take all our fears and worries to the Lord and cite this Psalm of David:
“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
my hope comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.” Selah