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Chapters 15 and 16 of 1 Chronicles record one of the high moments in the life of King David. The ark of the covenant was placed in a specially prepared tent in the city of Jerusalem. The symbol of the presence of the LORD was back where it should have been – the place designated for worship. While King David was a mighty warrior and a very influential leader – first and foremost he was a worshiper. In chapter 16 we read the song that David commissioned the priests to play and sing as the ark of the covenant was placed in the tent. ( Verses 8-22 can also be read in Psalm 105:1-15, verses 23 -33 can also be read in Psalm 96:1-13, and verses 34-36 appear in Psalm 106:1, 47-48)

While there are a lot of things we could point out from the song that David wrote - I just want to point out a couple thoughts.

1. Give thanks. As worshipers who love God our lives should be and will be marked by an attitude of thanks. The apostle Paul wrote

1 Thessalonians. 5:18 (NIV)

give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

A major portion of our DAILY worship needs to involve the expression of thanks. In the song David gave to the priests he recounts numerous things that the Lord has done to bring them to the place they are today. Look again at verse 8 of chapter 16

1 Chron. 16:8

Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name;

make known among the nations what he has done.

David says to give thanks in a public way – make it known to the people around us what God has done for us – confess openly the blessings of God in our lives. Question - do the people in our circle of influence know that we love the Lord and that we are grateful for what he is doing in our lives?

2. Give thanks to the LORD. While we need to be thankful to the people in our lives for the things that they do to enhance the quality of life – above all – we need to make sure that the LORD is always first in our thoughts and in our praise.

3. Give thanks to the Lord because He is good. Why not give that sentence a little more thought today. When David says God is good, just what does that mean? Does that mean on a scale of poor, fair, good, above average, and excellent, that God is good . . . he is average? What does it mean to you that “He is good”?

4. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love endures forever. The words “give thanks to the Lord, his love endures forever” appear 44 times in the Old Testament. It was the song the people sang when they went to war in 2 Chronicles 20. And the Bible says that as they began to sing that song the Lord set ambushes against their enemy.

His love endures forever – think about that for a moment . . . This means that God’s love never fades or fails. His love endures through all things for all time. There never has been and never will be a time when God does not love you.

God’s love endures the times that we have rejected Him. God’s love endures the times that we have rebelled against Him. God’s love endures the cost of our redemption.

Thank God that he loves us even when we don’t love him. Thank God that He loves us even when we don’t love ourselves. He loves us even when we think that we are unlovable. God’s love endures through all time for all time.

So give thanks!

Suggested Readings To Read Through The Bible In A Year

Thurs. June 9, 2011   1 Chr. 16-17, Psalm 127, Prov. 9, 1 Peter 1-2

Fri.     June 10. 2011   1 Chr.18-20, Psalm 128, Prov. 10, 1 Peter 3-5

Sat.    June 11, 2011   1 Chr.21-22, Psalm 129, Prov. 11, 2 Peter

Sun.   June 12, 2011   1 Chr. 23-25, Psalm 130-131, Prov. 12, 1 John 1-2

Mon.  June 13, 2011   1 Chr. 26-27, Psalm 132, Prov. 13, 1 John 3-5

Tues. June 14, 2011   1 Chr. 28-29, Psalm133-134, Prov. 14, 2 & 3 John



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