Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is also to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Honor and majesty are before Him; strength and gladness are in His place. Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples, give to the Lord glory and strength. Give to the Lord the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth. The world also is firmly established, it shall not be moved. Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.” Let the sea roar, and all its fullness; let the field rejoice, and all that is in it. Then the trees of the woods shall rejoice before the Lord, for He is coming to judge the earth. (1 Chronicles 16:23-33)
The Lord Reigns
Today is the first day of the week. Two thousand years ago the first day of the week became the most beautiful day man has witnessed. On this day early in the morning, the Son of God rose from the dead and gained victory over hades and death. Satan was bruised in the head and man was given the redemptive blessing of God’s love through the sacrifice and raising of His only begotten Son. What a day that was when Jesus rose from the dead. What a day that will be when our Jesus we shall see. What a day today will become as we sing to the Lord the praises of His grace.
David was a powerful man of faith who loved to ascribe the honor and praise to the wonderful nature of God. His psalms are filled with so many powerful images of exalted praise to the Lord who reigns. As the ark was being placed in the Tabernacle in the City of David, the king delivered a psalm into the hand of Asaph and his brethren to thank the Lord. This song of thanksgiving echoes through the generations of faithful children of God who sing praises to the great God of all the earth. Today is a day to proclaim the good news of His salvation to all people. The saints of God will assemble on this day to share in the wealth of His blessings lifting up hearts filled with love for the grace of salvation. Congregations of the faithful will acknowledge how great the Lord is and greatly to be praised. There is no like the God of glory. All the gods of men that worship are nothing. Only the one true God created the world about us. He alone deserves honor, majesty, strength and gladness.
On this first day of the week, our hearts and voices will blend to give to the Lord glory and strength and the glory due the name of Lord. Our offerings of humble hearts will be as sweet aroma to the nostrils of the One who gave His only begotten Son to die for us. Worship will extol the beauty of the Lord for His incredible love. There is an understanding of fear in the presence of God. Worship today will not be trivial. It is impossible to come into the presence of the Lord without the knowledge of how great and powerful He is. The world stands in awe of the great God Creator and as saints of the most High God, our hearts are humbled in His presence.
Finally, David sums up the powerful nature of worship to God in three simple words: The Lord reigns. On this first day of the week, how can we not ascribe our worship by these three words? The joy of a sunrise is because of the rule of God. Gathering together to blend our hearts together in psalm is by the mercy of God. Remembering the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross comes through the grace of the Father. Returning to the Creator the blessings of our wealth is through His hand of bounty. Meditating on the word of God is listening to the plaintive call of a loving Father to His children seeking their hearts, souls, minds and bodies. Our worship today is about three words: THE LORD REIGNS.