This passage paints a picture of worship that centers on thankfulness by remembrance. The Ark of God was in place, which was the presence of God for Israel. In response to this monumentous occasion, David led a time of worshipful thanksgiving. (This passage also has many similarities with Psalm 96.)
Verses 8-13 implores the people to seek God, to worship Him, to glorify Him.
Verses 14-22 is a reminder of what God has done for His people. It is a declaration of the truth of God’s character and God’s actions. It is a great reminder for us that our worship should be about what God has done, not what we have done. Our worship should be in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).
Verses 23-36 show that our worship should declare the glory of God to God Himself, but also to those around us. How fitting is it for us, after our Missions Giving Sunday, to be reminded that we are to “declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!” (v. 24) John Piper has said it well: “Missions exists, because worship doesn’t.”
That must be our focus, even as we read this Old Testament book! The advance of worship, in our lives and in the lives of others, is made possible through what Jesus has done for us on the cross.
As you go about your day today, reflect on this: what are you most thankful for about God, and how often do you acknowledge your thankfulness?
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice