Tag: Psalm of Thanks

Sweet Psalmist of Israel

Scripture reading for April 19th: 1st Chronicles 10-16

King David is well known for his many psalms.  He loved to worship God and was always composing songs that helped express his inner life and feeling during times of joy or hardship.  His life stands as a testimony to us of a man after God’s heart who was know as the sweet “Psalmist of Israel”.

Chronicles is a priestly view of events that were also covered by the writers in Samuel and Kings.  Chronicles records the return of the Ark of the Testimony in more detail than does the account in Kings.  David was zealous for the presence of God being brought to Jerusalem and knew he must find a way to bring it there.  He failed to inquire from God’s word how this might be done and Uzzah lost his life when he tried to steady the cart it was riding on.  (1st Chronicles 13:9-12) This event angered David and caused him to be afraid of God.

On the second attempt to return the Ark to Jerusalem, David sought directions from the Lord, and found that only the Levites could carry the Ark on their shoulders.  He made the proper sacrifices and then worshiped and danced before the Lord with all his might as he lead the procession back to Jerusalem.  (1st Chronicles 15:11-15,25-28)  That same day he gave Asaph a psalm of thanks that he had composed for the occasion.  This psalm was probably sung as they moved the Ark.

This psalm gives thanks to God for His wonderful acts, miracles and wonders He had done.  There was thanksgiving for God’s faithfulness to His covenant with Israel.  In several verses, the psalm extols the Lord among the nations of the earth.  (1st Chronicles 16:8,24,28,31)  God’s goodness and love are noted and thanks was given.  With God in their midst, the nation of Israel was to be a testimony to the nations of the blessing of loving God and having His covenant.

David’s heart for God blessed the people of God and drew them closer to the Lord.  His worship was a great example to the people of how to approach God.  We are to enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.  David modeled this as he led the procession bringing the Ark of the Presence to Jerusalem!

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Sunday rest and reflection: Psalm of Thanks

As we reflect back on this week’s reading and thank the Lord for His wonderful Grace, I am drawn to the psalm of thanks written by King David in 1st Chronicles 16:8-36.  This is quoted again in part in three other psalms in the Book of Psalms; 105, 96, 106.  This psalm of thanks was composed when the Ark of the Covenant was brought back to Jerusalem after being away in captivity and then at the house of Obed-Edom.  This is the time that David took off his kingly robes and danced before the Lord with all his might.  (2nd Samuel 6:12-16)  He was overjoyed to have the presence and blessing of God in Jerusalem, the city of David.

The psalm has a joyful tone and is boastful of the Lord and his great miracles and mercies!  It exhorts singing, praying, rejoicing, remembering, giving, declaring, trembling, crying out, and thanksgiving  from all peoples! The desire of God to spread His fame to the nations of the earth is a recurring theme! (1st Chronicles 16:8,24,28,31,35) God wants the nations aware of his wonders, miracles, and judgments.  He wants nations to know His Glory too. He exhorts the nations to ascribe to the Lord the glory due His Name.  He desires the nations to understand that the Lord who made the heavens and earth reigns supreme!

The last verses of this psalm encourage God’s people to cry out to the Lord to save them from the nations!  Although God desires the nations to be saved, He desires His people to come out from the nations and join the kingdom of God.  God is the only one who can save and deliver!  God is the only one worthy of all praise and thanksgiving!  He reigns from everlasting to everlasting!  (1nd Chronicles 16:35-36)  Let all God’s people say “Amen”.

What a great reflection on this seventh day of rest!  God has not changed!  He is desirous of all nations knowing Him and coming under His eternal rule!  We are to share His marvelous works and deeds with all nations and every person!  We are to worship, sing, remember, give, thank, seek, rejoice, cry out, declare, and praise this God who reigns from everlasting to everlasting!  Have a great day of rest and joy!  Jesus Christ is Lord!

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