The song of thanksgiving (1 Chr 16:7-16:13)

“Then on that day King David first appointed the singing of praises to Yahweh by Asaph and his kindred.

‘O give thanks to Yahweh!

Call on his name!

Make known his deeds among the peoples!

Sing to him!

Sing praises to him!

Tell of all his wonderful works!

Glory in his holy name!

Let the hearts of those who seek Yahweh rejoice!

Seek Yahweh and his strength!

Seek his presence continually!

Remember the wonderful works that he has done!

His miracles!

The judgments he uttered!

O offspring of his servant Israel!

Children of Jacob!

His chosen ones!’”

David wanted a song of praise and thanksgiving. Asaph, the Gershonite Levite, is supposed to have uttered this song or psalm. This beautiful soaring opening section is almost word for word from Psalm 105, verses 1-6. Notice that here we are called the children of Jacob, not Israel. We give thanks to Yahweh. We thank him for our life. We call on his glorious name as we want everyone to know about Yahweh. But it is not enough to speak, we must sing his praises. Our hearts rejoice in God. We must seek the continual presence and strength of Yahweh, our God, in our lives. Remember what he has done for us, his miracles of everyday life and his judgments. We are the offspring of Israel, the children of Jacob, the chosen ones. Clearly, this hymn of thanksgiving and praise at the moment that the Ark of the Covenant was entering the tent at Jerusalem would have been an inspiring and solemn moment.

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