Sing for Joy – Numbers 26:11

“But the sons of Korah did not die.” Numbers 26:11

 So much grace can be seen in what Scripture tells us of the sons of Korah. Back in Numbers 16, Korah led a rebellion against Moses and Aaron, jealous of their status among the people and with God. As a result of this serious offense against God’s chosen, the earth opened up underneath Korah’s tents and those of the other leaders, swallowing them up along with their households and all that belonged to them. Yet the sons of Korah were spared.

These descendants wrote several of the psalms. What magnificent grace, that God would draw them back in to His presence, redeeming them fully from their family history. I think the fact that the psalms they wrote are attributed to “the Sons of Korah” rather than simply an individual is significant. It is a reminder to us that our past does not define us. It does not dictate what God can do with our lives. These verses are among those they wrote: “For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!” (Psalm 84:10-12)

What a shift. To see the pride and rebellion of Korah contrasted with the humility and delight of his descendants. This should give us hope in what God can do with our hearts when we give them to Him. Personality traits and sinful tendencies can be passed down through generations, but God is great enough to overcome all that separates us from Him. We are not slaves to our past, whether we fear our family’s legacy or our own mistakes. “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith” (1 John 5:4). Our faith keeps us connected to the Vine, Christ, the source of our every need. That ever-flowing fountain of grace and abundant life. We believe in the power and wisdom and majesty of our God, and find all of our joy in Him. And then we have the extravagant blessing of seeing what He can do with a  heart that is His. We can declare with the Sons of Korah, those who were also redeemed by the grace and power of God, “my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God” (Psalm 84:2b).

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