1 Chronicles 16:7-36 (AMP)
7 Then on that day David first entrusted to Asaph and his relatives to give thanks to the LORD [as their chief task]. 8 O give thanks to the LORD, call on His name; Make His deeds known among the peoples. …
Whenever something is mentioned for the first time in God’s Word we should pay it particular attention. Here we are in the middle of the wonderful story of when David brought the ark of the LORD to Jerusalem. A first attempt failed because although David had genuine concern, he didn’t fully follow God’s instructions. Now he is trying a second time, and the joy of experiencing God’s presence in the midst of Jerusalem must have been enormous. Whoever visits Jerusalem today to see the City of David can imagine what it must have been like at that time, right next to Mount Zion, as the various groups of worshippers made God’s greatness known by day and by night.
Here are some important things that we can learn from these verses.
- v. 8 The Kingdom of God is for all peoples.
- v. 9 We should talk about the miracles of God.
- v. 10 What things do we praise? What delights our hearts? Seeking God brings blessing.
- v. 11 Seeking God is not a one-time or infrequent event, but a lifestyle.
- v. 12 Our thoughts should be about His words and deeds.
- v. 13 It is a privilege to be chosen by God. That applies to the Jewish people mentioned here as well as for us Christians, from the Gentile peoples, through the New Covenant.
- v. 15 – 18 God’s covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel) to give them the land of Israel is still valid today and was never nullified.
- v. 19 – 22 God’s protection over His people and the warning to other nations not to attack Israel. Even today, other nations try to prey on the Jewish people and to destroy them, but God has His hand over Israel.
- v. 23 – 24 The whole earth should rejoice with Israel because ultimately it’s all about God Himself.
- v. 25 – 26 The God of creation is not comparable with the gods of the peoples.
- v. 29 – 31 Here we already find the concept that God’s house should be a house of prayer for all nations. Through Israel comes the blessing on all people who believe in the God of Israel.
- v. 32 – 33 Even nature will rejoice at the coming of the Messiah. The Lord is coming to judge the earth; that will be the end of the satanic regimes on earth!
- v. 34 – 36 The only hope is in the assurance of His grace. God will free His people from the hand of the oppressor. For Israel, that means their return to the Promised Land after thousands of years being imprisoned in the Diaspora. The Jews are coming out of the nations as free people, with the call of living to God’s praise. For the Church of Christ, it’s now time to prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus by living holy lives and preaching the Gospel to the lost.
We are yearning for the visible reign of the Messiah over the whole earth. At the moment our worship is still a prophetic work in the assurance that He is coming soon. Then, together with the people of Israel, free from the works of Satan, we will worship and praise Him in eternity.
Let our focus on Jesus not be taken away by things or events, but rather let us look upon Jesus, our Redeemer!
Shalom and much blessing,
Johannes Barthel, Regional Co-ordinator, Ebenezer Operation Exodus