I am prompted to start what might be a series of posts because of a series of recent and upcoming events.
Most recently I read this post from Bob Kauflin about the legacy of Asaph, the Levite, later chief musician and author of Psalm 78 (and 11 others):
In it Bob talks about Asaph’s enduring legacy. He ministered in the tabernacle, he was chief cymbal player when David returned the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem. The “sons” of Asaph ministered in the tabernacle and later Temple for David and Solomon. All through the reign of the kings of Judah sons of Asaph ministered, worshipped, prophesied and were at the heart of Revivals of Hezekiah and Josiah, and the rebuilding of the temple of after the exile under Ezra. That’s a pretty high calling. To establish such a heritage is worth working for. Something Isaiah calls “a foundation of many generations”
And the Lord will guide you continually
and satisfy your desire in scorched places
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail.
And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
the restorer of streets to dwell in.
The story of Asaph reminded me that I have a copy of Oswald Chamber’s My Utmost for His Highest with the following inscription:A Token of Appreciation to Miss Joan Castro [my mother] from German P.O.Ws at 194 camp, Penkridge in Remembrance of her Valuable Singing at many Musical Services in the Parish Church – Penkridge
Then yesterday I discovered that a close relative (possibly father) of a great-great grandmother of mine had been a Baptist Pastor in Gislingham, Suffolk – about 45 mins drive from where I now live. By all accounts my grandmother’s family were all stauch non-conformists going back generations in Suffolk. He had certainly raised up a many-generation foundation which includes missionaries, Baptist ministers as well as many ordinary Christians now in churches as far afield as Belgium, Seattle Washington, Colorado, London… and Ipswich.
Then lastly my twins, both of whom have helped lead the music for worship at our Church for the last several years, are both off to College/University to study music in the next 2 weeks. My prayer for them (and for their elder brother Jonathan) has always been that they will be the next generation of the many-generation foundation of those serving God.
It inspired me to keep praying, to keep working at leading of music for others to worship, and at the raising up together of the next Generation to do that. What higher calling could there be?