“David and the elders of Israel and the commanders of thousands went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord from the house of Obed-edom with rejoicing… So all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouting, to the sound of the horn, trumpets, and cymbals, and made loud music on harps and lyres…
“And they brought in the ark of God and set it inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God. When David had finished… the 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.
“He appointed some of the Levites as ministers before the ark, to invoke, to thank, and to praise the Lord, the God of Israel… Then on that day David first appointed that thanksgiving be sung to the Lord by Asaph and his brothers.
“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!..
“He is the Lord our God;
his judgments are in all the earth.
Remember his covenant forever,
the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations…
“Sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and he is to be feared above all gods…
Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and joy are in his place.” 1 Chronicles 15:25,28; 16:1-4,7-12,14-15,23-25,27,34
The ark representing God’s presence was finally, properly carried into the holy tent. David’s only rightful response was to appoint thanksgiving. Accompanied by celebration, music, and singing, the Lord was established in His place of honor with lavish offerings and great rejoicing. Led by their earnest king, Israel was swept up in praise to their God, and glad song resounded.
Do we hold almighty God in such awe, attributing all that is good, all success, all glory, to Him alone? Beware lest we touch it! Do we swagger before Him and strut our greatness, or bow before the splendor of His holy otherness, and tremble? A humble heart is a thankful heart. (1 Chronicles 13:9-10; Isaiah 42:8)
Would I today bring in my offerings, my body a living sacrifice? Recount His greatness, His majesty in creation, judgment, and the human heart? Thank Him for senses to perceive His holiness, a mind to understand salvation, and breath to praise? (Romans 12:1)
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!” 1 Chronicles 16:34
“Take my life and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days;
let them flow in ceaseless praise.” ~Frances Havergal (1874)
Blessed are You, God of my salvation. May I give thanks for Your bounty and praise You forever!