by Christina Farris
1 So they brought the ark of God, and set it in the midst of the tent that David had pitched for it: and they offered burnt sacrifices and peace offerings before God.
2 And when David had made an end of offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD.
3 And he dealt to every one of Israel, both man and woman, to every one a loaf of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine.
4 And he appointed certain of the Levites to minister before the ark of the LORD, and to record, and to thank and praise the LORD God of Israel:
5 Asaph the chief, and next to him Zechariah, Jeiel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Mattithiah, and Eliab, and Benaiah, and Obededom: and Jeiel with psalteries and with harps; but Asaph made a sound with cymbals;
6 Benaiah also and Jahaziel the priests with trumpets continually before the ark of the covenant of God.
7 Then on that day David delivered first this psalm to thank the LORD into the hand of Asaph and his brethren.
8 Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.
9 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.
10 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
11 Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.
12 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;
13 O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones.
14 He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth.
15 Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations;
16 Even of the covenant which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac;
17 And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant,
18 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance;
19 When ye were but few, even a few, and strangers in it.
20 And when they went from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another people;
21 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes,
22 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
23 Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation.
24 Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations.
25 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods.
26 For all the gods of the people are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.
27 Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place.
28 Give unto the LORD, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
29 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
30 Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.
31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth.
32 Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein.
33 Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the LORD, because he cometh to judge the earth.
34 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.
35 And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.
36 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the LORD.
37 So he left there before the ark of the covenant of the LORD Asaph and his brethren, to minister before the ark continually, as every day's work required:
38 And Obededom with their brethren, threescore and eight; Obededom also the son of Jeduthun and Hosah to be porters:
39 And Zadok the priest, and his brethren the priests, before the tabernacle of the LORD in the high place that was at Gibeon,
40 To offer burnt offerings unto the LORD upon the altar of the burnt offering continually morning and evening, and to do according to all that is written in the law of the LORD, which he commanded Israel;
41 And with them Heman and Jeduthun, and the rest that were chosen, who were expressed by name, to give thanks to the LORD, because his mercy endureth for ever;
42 And with them Heman and Jeduthun with trumpets and cymbals for those that should make a sound, and with musical instruments of God. And the sons of Jeduthun were porters.
43 And all the people departed every man to his house: and David returned to bless his house. The reverence of some chapters in scripture can out weigh the reverence of others, but all scripture brings reverence. What I mean of reverence is perhaps a meditation of who God is the awareness of God and for the things of God perhaps even more. David and the people were bring the ark back to Jerusalem. An the praise and reverence around the ark alone when just being carried and transported is shown. What this one ark meant to Israel is maybe more greater then we think when we enter into the church at christmas and we light candles and sing christmas hymns and songs to celebrate Christ's birthday. It is mediation of the congregation at the time of celebration of God coming home to be with his people.
We are headed toward Thanksgiving Day, and though perhaps the first celebration of thanksgiving came to the Pilgrim's with joy that there was food and plenty of it to share with friends and family, both new and old. To share with those from the land of America the native americans and to maybe not fully understanding they both worshipped the Creator of all things, and yet still needed the knowledge of Christ. No one knows that first thanksgiving as the Puritans said grace what those Indians thought or if they gave honor to God in their own way. Yet we know it was feast and a time of thanksgiving, for the harvest had been gathered and stored for the winter and spring months to come.
I plan ahead to a degree on food for winter, because of the climate of my area, though our winters have not been has harsh as they were over twenty years ago. Yet we still get snow and blizzard type conditions. It not Chicago weather or Michigan weather, but it is still cold. I stock up which is normal part of living in the mountains, plaining for what may come or may not come with the coming of snow. One wants to know they can eat even if one is burried in snow.
However this ark being transported is more of a celebration of God coming home. We all know during the holidays the celebration of love ones coming home and yet this maybe a year no one travels far or even near. The first year of its kind, even Macy's Parade has halted the gathering to tv viewing only. What would God say to a welcome home party and was only to be met by a video crew and announcer. What would God say to see his people not in the streets shouting his return. I think my God would be curious why no one was in the streets cheering his entrance.
Now In Israel we see people gather in celebration as the ark comes home. A thanksgiving of God greatness, his majesty, his mercy, his judgment and his laws. An excitment of joy that filled the souls of the people carrying the ark and dancing and singing around it as they carried it onward toward Jerusalem. With this said comes an reverence of God and his glory in the hearts of the people. A thankfulness for the reminder of God greateness, God glory, God's wonders to proclaim. As you read again those 45 verse examine those things that the writer is thankful for about God, examine the joy of the bring the ark home, and ask when you celebrate are you joyful knowing who God is and all that his to you as individual. He is a God to be feared and greatly to be praised, He is a God that endures, He is a God of mercy and so much more.
The best way to get the point across I trying to bring is everyone simply go back up read and re examine how great God is to Israel and hopefully to you as you plan for thanksgiving in a week and half or there about. To think on how can you bring reverence to God to the table. How you can bring your own joy of knowing Him and HIs Son Jesus to your thanksgiving as you celebrate who God is and the things you truly are thankful for.
Dear Heavenly Father, as we think of the worship of who you are and reverence of how great and awesome you are, let us give praise from our hearts and in voice of worship to you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Thanksgiving Day Countdown Day 16: Thank you God for your mercy, for your grace, for your endurance in all things, for you everlasting joy you bring with the thought of Christ return one day.
Continual Scripture Study:Psalm 8:9 KJV
9 O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!