“The total number of those chosen to be gatekeepers at the thresholds was 212. They were registered by genealogy in their villages. David and Samuel the seer had appointed them to their trusted positions.”
1 Chronicles 9:22
Your work matters to God.
I thought of this as packed up my computer this morning, preparing for a day at the office. The job I have now — and have had for the past 16 years — is the job I always wanted: writing (and now editing) about God’s work through His people around the world.
But never could I have envisioned that this work would be as fulfilling as it is. God has given me the desires of my heart. What an amazing privilege. I realize, of course, that not everybody sees writing and editing the same way I do. Not everyone appreciates the value of a word fitly spoken or a well-placed comma. But consider the comma’s importance in this sentence:
Let’s eat, Grandma!
Let’s eat Grandma!
Commas matter, especially to Grandma, as do the other seemingly mundane details of our day-to-day lives. This is true today, and it was true when David appointed the 212 gatekeepers in 1 Chronicles 9.Gatekeepers, bread bakers and singers — as menial as they may seem — were trusted positions in the house of God. Perhaps David wrote Psalm 84 after appointing the 212 gatekeepers:
“Better a day in Your courts than a thousand anywhere else. I would rather be at the door of the house of my God than to live in the tents of wicked people.” (Psalm 84:10, HCSB)
As we seek God, not only will He give us the “desires of our heart,” He will also take pleasure in our journey. David wrote in Psalm 37:4, “A man’s steps are established by the Lord, and He takes pleasure in his way” (HCSB).
What an amazing privilege to know that the God who created the Grand Canyon enjoyed watching me see it for the very first time.What an amazing privilege to know that the God who led me around the world and back, takes pleasure in seeing me do my job well.
Whether you are a gatekeeper, a bread baker, a singer or a warrior, your work is significant to God, and He has uniquely equipped you to do it. So do the work God has placed before you “as unto the Lord,” and know that He takes pleasure in you and your journey.
This week’s reading: 1 Chronicles 1-10, Psalm 43-45, 49, 73, 77-78, 81, 84-85, 87-88, 92-93