8 Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
9 Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!
10 Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
11 Seek the LORD and his strength;
seek his presence continually!
12 Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
his miracles and the judgments he uttered,
13 O offspring of Israel his servant,
children of Jacob, his chosen ones!
14 He is the LORD our God;
his judgments are in all the earth.
15 Remember his covenant forever,
the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,
16 the covenant that he made with Abraham,
his sworn promise to Isaac,
17 which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute,
to Israel as an everlasting covenant,
18 saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan,
as your portion for an inheritance.”
19 When you were few in number,
of little account, and sojourners in it,
20 wandering from nation to nation,
from one kingdom to another people,
21 he allowed no one to oppress them;
he rebuked kings on their account,
22 saying, “Touch not my anointed ones,
do my prophets no harm!”
23 Sing to the LORD, all the earth!
Tell of his salvation from day to day.
24 Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
25 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised,
and he is to be feared above all gods.
26 For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
but the LORD made the heavens.
27 Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and joy are in his place.
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 16:8-36 [ESV]).
These three chapters, 1 Chronicles 14-16, are a beautiful testimony to David’s heart and love for God. Although he had messed up the first time with the Ark of the Covenant he didn’t give up. He stayed at it to honor the God he loved so dearly. The verses above show David’s zeal and love for God. After the Ark was settled in Jerusalem David begins this awesome praise song to God!
This was not an easy thing to do. In fact in Psalm 132:1 we read, “Lord, remember David and all the hardships he endured…” The hardships David endured refer to his longing to bring the ark to Jerusalem and his anguish over the incident with Uzzah (2 Samuel 6:6-8). And yet his love for God drove him to persevere.
He was moved to the point of dancing before the Lord. In our church we have a family who has a daughter who loves to dance in the isles. She’s young — six perhaps — and has a beautiful way about her. The parents will go and pick her up at the end of the service so she can dance during the final worship song. She’s a blessing to us all. Oh that we would have that heart for the Lord that we would dance before him.
There’s lots we could have found in today’s passages to discuss, but these chapters caught my attention. Where is your heart with the Lord today? I’m challenged anew with David’s example. I want to love the Lord and live for Him like David did. Let’s rekindle that love for Him today and at some point in the next week spend a few moments in worship and dance before Him.
Have a GREAT day!