1 Chronicles 15 & 16: Thanking The LORD
Verse of the Day: (16:7) Then on that day David delivered first this psalm to thank the LORD into the hand of Asaph and his brethren.
1. Trumpets (15:1-29)
And Shebaniah, and Jehoshaphat, and Nethaneel, and Amasai, and Zechariah, and Benaiah, and Eliezer, the priests, did blow with the trumpets before the ark of God: and Obededom and Jehiah were doorkeepers for the ark. (15:24)
David was called a man after God’s heart because he truly repented his sins, and learned never to repeat it. This time David was determined to bring God’s ark the right way as he chose only the Levites to carry God’s ark on their shoulders from the house of Obed-edom to Jerusalem. When the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves, and finally brought God’s ark to Jerusalem, David and his people rejoiced and celebrated the return of it. David appointed singers and musicians to sing and play the musical instruments such as the trumpets, cornets, cymbals, psalteries and harps in great celebration of the return of God’s ark. However, the sad truth was that Michal, Saul’s daughter, David’s first wife, was the only one who despised David’s celebration and the return of God’s ark. Subsequently, God disciplined her unbelief, and she became childless. Indeed, let us believe in God and rejoice in Him knowing that He is good all the time. (Philippians 4:4)
2. Thanksgiving (16:1-36)
O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. (16:34)
David appointed Asaph and his brethren to lead in the worship of God as he sang and thanked God for who He is, and what He had done for him and Israel, and shall continue to do for them as they trusted Him. Indeed, let us be thankful to God for who He is, and what He had done, what He is doing and what He shall do for us! (Colossians 3:15-17)
3. Tabernacle (16:37-43)
And Zadok the priest, and his brethren the priests, before the tabernacle of the LORD in the high place that was at Gibeon, (16:39)
David built a tabernacle in preparation of the arrival of God’s ark. He also appointed Zadok, the high priest, and his brothers, the priests, to take charge of all the services of the tabernacle. When the ark arrived, the people offered their burnt and peace offerings or animal sacrifices at the tabernacle confessing their sins and committing themselves to obey God and His Word. Today, we are God’s priests when we truly believe in Jesus. Now we no longer go to the church to offer animal sacrifices as we are God’s priests as well as His living sacrifices. (Romans 12:1-2) Indeed, let us boldly go to God seeking for His forgiveness, and asking Him to help us in our needs as we trust Him. (Hebrews 4:16)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, as long as I live I shall thank You for all that You have done for me.