In 1 Chronicles chapter 16 King David speaks of the “covenant which God made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac” (1 Chronicles 16:15; 1 Chronicles 16:16; 1 Chronicles 16:18; Genesis 17:2; Genesis 26:3, etc.).
The main message of 1 Chronicles 16 is that we, “all of the earth” should sing to the Lord. God’s covenant people have a special responsibility to praise Him, but all the earth should also proclaim the good news of His salvation day to day.
Vs. 7-36: Glorify God
David says we should let God be glorified in our praises. Others should be edified and taught, so strangers to God may be led to adore him. Ourselves should triumph and trust in God. And those that give glory to God’s name are allowed to glory in it.
Portions of the psalm of thanksgiving, in verses 7-36, have been included in the collections in the book of Psalms. 1st Chronicles 16:8-22 is repeated in Psalm 105:1-15; 1 Chronicles 16:23-33 is also found in Psalm 96:1-13; and 1 Chronicles 16;34-36 is included in Psalm 106:1, 47, 48.
Vs. 8-13: The Call to Praise
In a few verses (at least eight), David lists a remarkable number of ways we can praise and glorify God. We should:
- speak directly to God, such as singing psalms to Him,
- speak to others about God’s greatness, making His deeds done among all the people,
- and some have a conversation with one’s self, remembering His marvelous works.
Vs. 11: Always Seek
There is a Heavenly Father who loves us dearly. He promises to abide with us by His Spirit. We can call on Him and trust that He will be with us as we commit ourselves to His Lordship over us and trust in His love.
We need to discipline ourselves to come before God and answer when the Holy Spirit calls us. Our goal should be to get alone with God and talk with our Father today.
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1 Chronicle 16:11 – Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face continually. (NASB)
Don’t wait until the Holy Spirit calls you. Seek the Lord through prayer. Unceasingly seek His attention.
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