David’s journey from the time he was first anointed by Samuel until the time he actually became King of Israel was more than 15 years. I am sure that David often doubted if he would ever receive the promised crown and after reading all of the struggles he had to endure, I find myself cheering as we get to this point. Not only is David King but he has remained faithful to the Lord. Now, I have been through some hard times in my life but never like the difficulties David faced. Clearly, the hand of the Lord was on David throughout his life both in his appointment and his journey.
The waiting period must have drawn David closer to the Lord and required him to become fully dependent on the Lord. I think of my own hard times and pray for them to end quickly and never return but do I turn to the Lord each and every time or do I try to handle things on my own. When I get on the other side, do I reflect on what he has brought me through and praise him for all his has done? Sometimes. But the story of David is a beautiful story of trial, triumph, failure and praise. Throughout it all he remained faithful. He was passionate and was “all in”.
In Chronicles 16, David not only sits back for a moment to reflect and praise the Lord in a simple hour long church service but he goes all out. He takes everything to the extreme because he is remembering what the Lord brought him and his people through. He understands the aweseomeness of his Creator. He praises him for his power, might, strength, love and faithfulness. 1 Chronicles 14:2 says, “David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel, and that his kingdom was highly exalted for the sake of his people Israel.”
David appointed people to play harps and lyres, sound cymbals, blow trumpets regularly and sing songs of thanksgiving. This was not just a normal service that ushered in the Ark of the Covenant but an all out parade. I can’t imagine the reactions of some of our church members if this were to happen today!
From the covenant God made with Abraham to the rescue of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, God was there. From the wandering in the desert to entering the Promised Land, David reminded the people of God’s amazing love and faithfulness.
David’s words are so beautifully written and remain completely relevant even today. I don’t want to forget the amazing things the Lord has done for me- big and small. I don’t want to lose the awe and wonder of how big our God is. I don’t want to take any credit for my own doing but give him the glory! I want to praise him daily and go “all out” with wreck less abandon in praise to him. May we all remember that one day, we will do just that whether on Earth or in Heaven.
28 Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength! 29 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him! Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;[b] 30 tremble before him, all the earth; yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved. 31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!” 32 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it! 33 Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. 34 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!
35 Say also:
“Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather and deliver us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise. 36 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!”
Then all the people said, “Amen!” and praised the Lord. (1 Chronicles 16:28-36)