Costly. Worth it!
”No,” replied the king, “I insist on paying a price, for I will not offer to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.”
2 Samuel 24:24
As God leads people into music ministry – leaders and laity alike – we soon learn that skillful music ministry (Psalm 33:3) requires sacrifices. Time, expense, and even more so willingness, obedience and submission are all part of our service.
King David, after numbering his troops (trusting his army rather than trusting God), was required of the Lord to offer a burnt offering. Arauna offered to give to the king land and everything needed for his sacrifice. Though David was indeed a flawed human, he had the strength of being repentant – at least eventually. He realized that forgiveness for sin was costly. He was driven to make sure any sacrifice to the Lord was also costly.
I consider that our present sufferings are not comparable to the glory that will be revealed in us.
We need to remember that ministry in music is not about us – or ease, comfort and pleasure. Whatever is asked of us does not compare to the greatness and works of the mighty God! When we consider the blessings of heaven to come for those trusting Jesus for salvation, we see that anything we give here is small.
The honor of serving the Lord is costly – and beyond worth it