Our scripture this morning is 1 Chronicles 16:8-12.

O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples. Sing to him, sing praises to him, tell of all his wonderful works. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his presence continually. Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered.

This is David’s song of thanks as the Ark of the Covenant is brought into Jerusalem. Scholars tell us that while 1 Chronicles 16 records the event, David wrote Psalm 105, which is very similar, to celebrate the event. This would have been sung by a group of priests, and later by the people in memory of the Ark’s return.

I sometimes think of David as the Singing King because of the number of Psalms attributed to him. This was definitely a gift from God and David used his gift in praise to the Lord. While singing is not everyone’s gift, we can all join in worship to God in some way.

What’s important here is not the beauty of our voices or the marvelous composition, or even the momentous event being remembered. What is most important is God’s everlasting love for us and our response to Him. “Seek the Lord and His strength, seek His presence continually” is still our daily goal and blessing.

Loving Lord, we praise You for Your greatness and Your care for us. Lead us in Your righteousness and send us to share Your love everywhere. Amen.

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