1 Chronicles 16

1 Chronicles 16 has David placing the Ark of the Covenant into the Tent of Meeting.  But he didn’t just drop it off and go on with life.  It was a very big deal.  “When David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord and distributed to all Israel, both men and women, to each a loaf of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins”.  Everyone received something as part of the ceremony to take home – bread, meat and cake.

David also wanted to be sure the Ark would be cared for appropriately so “he appointed some of the Levites as ministers before the ark of the Lord, to invoke, to thank, and to praise the Lord”.  Did you catch that?  Three very specific things that the priests were to do:

  1. To invoke – commemorate or write down in a journal
  2. To thank – call out His goodness and blessings
  3. To praise – remind the people of all that He has done

David is establishing enduring worship and a way to be sure this isn’t a one day event, but an ongoing focus on God.  He puts people in positions where it is their day job to be sure the people were rightly focused on and relating to God.

That worship gets defined more clearly as David delivers this psalm unto the Lord.  It was his song of thanksgiving to God.  “Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him; sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles and the judgments he uttered”.  David begins with praise and continues calling how the goodness of God.  He remembers what God has done!

He calls on the priests to do their part of the worship – some doing sacrifices, some music, some singing, some as gatekeepers – but he assigned them to specific tasks to be sure the worship would continue.  He reminds the people that “The Lord reigns” and that they should always “give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever”.  David sets the expectations for how the people should relate to God.  This was the beginning of a way of life. “Then all the people departed each to his house, and David went home to bless his household”.  At the conclusion everyone was sent home to live a new lifestyle with God and His worship an ongoing focus.

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