King Hezekiah was a good man; who lived well for the glory of his God. If we are sensible, that is exactly what we should desire for ourselves. So we read these words concerning Hezekiah He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done. In the first month of the first year of his reign, he opened the doors of the temple of the Lord and repaired them. (2 Chron. 29:2-3)
This establishes a significant principle for us. It is that worship must not just be “a” priority in our lives, but be ‘the’ priority in our lives. When we lose this focus then our lives are always impoverished as a result. Worship should be at the centre of our lives. Hezekiah teaches us well here. He could have done a multitude of things as he set to move the ways of God forward after the vacillating leadership of his father, Ahaz. But he was wise and put worship at the centre. He realised the temple must be operating appropriately if ever the people of God are to be operating properly.
What lesson is this? It must apply:-
- Personally. So I must get worship flourishing in my life. I should be going to the Word to find material to bring praise to my great God and his Son.
- Collectively. When we prioritise anything over worship in our churches then we are always likely to go adrift.