In today's readings from 1 Chronicles 16 we find David's Song of Thanks. David has been fully established as king over Israel, and the ark has been brought to Jerusalem and appropriately installed in the tent that David has set up for it.
This chapter is a chapter of thanks, culminating in the words of the song David wrote, and we might safely assume, sang. At v.4 we read that David appointed some of the Levites to "invoke, to thank and to praise the LORD." Time is appointed to thank the LORD (v.7), and then David composes his song of praise and thanks (vv. 8-36). It is a beautiful song for a bright sunny morning, a favorite chair, a moment of quiet to sit and read. Yet as I read though, I thought 'this is more.' The openings words of the first few lines stand out..
MAKE KNOWN his deeds
SING to him
GLORY in his holy name
SEEK the Lord and his strength
REMEMBER the wondrous deeds
This, I wrote in the margin, is our calling. We could spend a lifetime working out these lines in our lives. What would each day look like if we started with this? And it continues later in David's song. At v.24 we are told to sing to the LORD; at v.24, to declare his glory; at v.28, to ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
The culmination of the song is found in v. 35:
"Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise."
This is our calling. We are to glory in his praise. We are lifted, we have some 'casualty of dignity of use' (Pascal), as we glory in God's praise. John Piper's A Peculiar Glory is on this very theme. God's is a 'condescending glory' (my words, but I think that is what Piper is saying.) God condescends to save lowly men and women. As it says in Isaiah 30:18, "He exalts himself to show mercy to you." We get the glory of being saved for praise, for God's greater glory still.
His glory is magnified and made evident in the humbling of Christ on the cross to save his people. So David can compose wth accuracy, sing to God, praise him, remember his deeds, and cry yet again, 'save us that we may give thanks, and glory in your praise.'
God gets the glory due his name. His due. We get the glory of exalting the one true God with praise.
So sing with David.
Derek Butler - I am a Christian, husband, father, son, brother, friend, reader, et al, all inadequately. This blog is a tool to encourage daily bible reading, for myself and others.
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