Today’s reading is Psalm 42.
Did you catch the superscription of this psalm? “To the choirmaster. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah.” Do you remember who Korah is?
In Numbers 16, along with Dathan, Abiram, and On, Korah led a rebellion against Moses. They accused Moses of exalting himself above everyone. The entire assembly, they claimed, were just as holy as Moses. He had no right to lead them. This rebellion ended as the Lord opened the earth and swallowed up the rebels and their families.
However, Numbers 26:11 drops this little bomb. At least some of Korah’s sons didn’t die. But surely the stain of this rebellion hung on them. You would think this would be the kind of reputation that would follow a family line for generations. How could anyone in this family ever be of any use to God or His kingdom?
However, in 1 Chronicles 6:31-37, David appointed descendants of Korah to be in charge of the service of song. If you read that passage closely, you discover Samuel was one of the descendants of Korah. According to 1 Chronicles 12:6, some Korahites were among David’s mighty men. In 1 Chronicles 26:1-19, we see that Korahites were gatekeepers at the tabernacle and then the temple. And in this psalms and several others, we learn that the descendants of Korah wrote part of the Bible.
The long and short of it is simply this. It doesn’t matter who your parents or grandparents or great-great-great-great-…-great-grandparents were. God can use you. Praise the Lord!
The question is not whether God will use you. The question is will you serve where you can? What are you doing today to serve the Lord?
Tomorrow’s reading is Psalm 42.
Discuss the Following Questions with Your Family
- What are your initial reactions to the psalm and the written devo above?
- Are you surprised to learn all God used descendants of Korah to do? Why or why not?
- Are you surprised to see that Samuel is actually a descendant of Korah and that God used him so strongly? Why or why not?
- How does this give you comfort and encouragement in serving the Lord?
- What do you think we should pray for and about in light of this psalm and our discussion today?