THEME: WORTHY IS THE LAMB
1 Chronicles 16:23-36 NIV
“Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place. Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!” Let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them! Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Cry out, “Save us, God our Savior; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory in your praise.” Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Then all the people said “Amen” and “Praise the Lord.”
-The essence of the Levites is viewed in the installation of the Ark of the covenant in Israel. The Ark of the covenant was a representation of God’s presence, having the image of two cherubim at the edges to indicate the preservation of His presence. The people then presented their burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, acknowledging that indeed the Lord is worthy of all praise and adoration. David then gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins to each Israelite man and woman. This was a picture of the body and blood of Jesus crucified. A selected number of Levites were also chosen to minister before the ark of the Lord, to extol, thank, and praise the Lord, the God of Israel. They were to play the lyres and harps, Asaph was to sound the cymbals, and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests were to blow the trumpets regularly before the ark of the covenant of God. David also left Zadok the priest and his fellow priests before the tabernacle of the Lord at the high place in Gibeon to present burnt offerings to the Lord on the altar of burnt offering regularly, morning and evening, in accordance with everything written in the Law of the Lord, which he had given Israel. The value of ascribing all glory and strength and worshiping Him daily, in the morning and evening is clearly stipulated for continued spiritual growth and maturity.
We give praise to You Lord, proclaim Your name, and make known among the nations what You have done for You are worthy. We sing praises to You and tell of all Your wonderful acts. We glory in Your holy name, rejoice in You Lord and offer our hearts as a pleasing sacrifice to You. We continually offer to You Lord Jesus a sacrifice of praise, that is the fruit of our lips that openly profess Your name. We look to You Lord and Your strength, seeking Your face always. May You help us to worship You in spirit and in truth. May You teach us to worship and pray to You reguraly as You please. May You help us in our daily needs and answer our hearts desires. May You journey with us throughout this week and guide us in all our thoughts, plans and every area of our lives. May You instill in us Your wisdom, grace and favor. May You teach our president to take on the mantle of worhip like king David. We sing to You Lord and proclaim Your salvation day after day. We declare Your glory among the nations, and Your marvelous deeds among all peoples, for great are You Lord and most worthy of praise. We adore You and exult Your name, now and forever. Amen
Further reading: Genesis 3:24, Hebrews 13:15