This verse means that there were some Levites who were not resident in Jerusalem i:e. some who were not resident in Jerusalem were distributed in settlements throughout the provinces of Judah and Benjamin.
Jerusalem is a type representing the place of the presence of God. There are many good places to be, and God is generous in His provisions, but the Levites were a tribe of priests and they were to be settled in Jerusalem because of their temple priestly duties. The Bible says we are kings and priests …we are His Levites. We cannot afford to be placed in a state of distance from God for any reason.
When David had to flee Jerusalem because of the rebellion of Absalom … what he missed was not the royal accommodations, but the place of worship, the sense of being close to God – the ark of God in Jerusalem …where he praised God. Indeed we are not bound to physical locations and physical objects, but we can find ourselves in scenarios when we stop a lifestyle of worship – and begin to live for our own pleasure. Check your heart. Have you found yourself prospering so well but in your conscience you fear God is far. I pray this is not you … and if it is, you can retrace your steps and find out what caused your new distance from God. When last did you make a joyful offering unto the Lord. When last did you dance such that you looked ridiculous.? When last did you wait all night on the Lord? When last did you spend days fasting and praying and singing unto God? These are not rituals … God has ordained that we worship Him in Spirit and in Truth and prescribed how in His holy book.
You may be far from your physical place of worship for good reasons but your heart sings gloriously unto the Lord. You may live next to your local church but when last did you hear from God. Today is a good day to come back to God.
Verses for further meditation
2 Samuel 15:25 ; Deuteronomy 11:16
Thoughts for Business and the work place
God’s leaders carry God’s presence with them to the market place
Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, do not let me in the place or situation where your divine presence will be far from me. Amen
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