Saturday, July 30, 2016

1 Chronicles 16

Today's reading in our daily plan is 1 Chronicles 16. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Finally the ark (a case with the two tablets of the Ten Commandments) is transported and put in place.
  • David (in verse 4) appoints people to praise God so He will always be praised.
  • David's response to this great thing happening was to praise God, as he writes a "psalm" (a worship poem or song) to God and gives it to others to sing (verse 7).
  • David's psalm including his remembering what God had done, wanting to tell others about it, showing God's glory with others, and offering all of yourself and what you have to Him.
  • David mentions the "covenant" (verse 15), which is when He promised Abraham (see Genesis 15:18-21) to give him and his descendants a land of their own, and that the Savior would come through them.
  • The "tabernacle" (verse 39) was considered the portable dwelling place of God, from the time when the Israelites left slavery in Egypt until they entered the Promised Land. It remained at Gibeon until the Israelites finally built a temple.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • David had what we could call a "praise habit." His automatic response in life was to turn to God, orienting himself to Him, trusting Him, finding something to thank and praise Him for. He wrote in Psalm 34:1, "I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises." In several other places the Bible encourages us to develop this praise habit. For instance:
    • 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18, "Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus."
    • Hebrews 13:15, "Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name."
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • What is your normal response to life? When something bad happens, do you worry, or do you pray? When something good happens, do you celebrate, or do you thank God? When you're confused, do you get paralyzed, or do you turn to God for direction?  -- God is the answer you need. God deserves your worship and your focus. And turning to God will help you to live with peace and joy.
    • How could you develop more of a praise habit? What might help you to "train" yourself to live that way?
    • Take a moment to ask God to help you develop a praise habit.