Sunday Morning Starters – Worship
On that day David first delivered this psalm into the hand of Asaph and his brethren, to thank the Lord: “Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; talk of all His wondrous works! Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord! Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face evermore! Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth” (1 Chronicles 16:7-12).
There was great rejoicing in the land. David the king had brought the ark to Jerusalem and set it in the midst of the tabernacle. He gave to every man and woman a loaf of bread, a piece of meat and a cake of raisins. Levites were appointed to commemorate, to thank, and to praise the Lord God of Israel. On that day David delivered a psalm into the hand of Asaph and his brethren to thank the Lord. David’s psalm recorded in 1 Chronicles 16 is mirrored in Psalm 105. It is a wonderful message of thanksgiving for all that God has done.
Thanksgiving is a time to worship the Lord. While we remember as a country the early days of the American creation, thanksgiving has always been a part of worship to the Creator. When David brought the ark to Jerusalem there was a remembrance off all that God had done. Not just in the physical blessings or wars won but the overshadowing presence of the Almighty. Thanksgiving was a time to worship God. Giving the people a loaf of bread, meat and raisins was showing how dependent the people were on God to deliver their daily bread. Placing the ark in the midst of the Tabernacle exalted the power of the Lord upon the hearts of the people to serve Him in obedience and faith.
David’s psalm expresses praise to the wondrous works of God. Glory should be given to the name of the Lord. Hearts should turn to the will of the Father. There is only one God – the true God who made all things and in whom all things exist. During our time of thanksgiving we should enjoy family, friends and the beneficent hand of our blessings. The center of our thanksgiving should be God. Prayers should be offered. Reading the Bible in praise to His name should be given. There is nothing that we have done of ourselves. By God’s grace we are thankful. By His mercy we endure. Thank you God for all You have done. Everything.
Gratitude is the memory of the heart. (Anonymous)