Read 1 Chronicles 9
Focus on verse 33
“The singers were free from other service, for they were on duty day and night.” I remember back in college, realizing that the life of the music major seemed to be more hectic than any other major. Part of this due to the need for music majors to spend significant amounts of time practicing whatever instrument they were majoring in. In addition it was a required credit to be involved in the college choir which was a one hour course but involved three one hour practices per week, and that did not include weekend performances or the spring tour. Couple this together with still also completing the required hours of Bible courses and it just made for a very busy life. There was little time for anything extra curricular (which very likely kept me out of trouble).
I have also spent a few years in professional music ministry in a church in the past, and would suggest that though all ministry positions are demanding on one’s time, music ministry was the most demanding of all the different ministry positions I have experienced just by nature of the position.
So when I read this today that the Levites who were singers were free from other service because they were on duty night and day, it resonated accordingly to me why this might have been so. It wasn’t that the music ministry was a cushy job. Rather it was that they would not have had much time for anything else. If they were gifted and called as I felt I was – they would also not have complained, but felt blessed and honored to be given the joy of serving by doing what they love to do most.