What a thought provoking and inspiring set of readings we have today. 1 Chron. Ch. 16 contains David’s Psalm of thanksgiving when the ark is finally brought into Jerusalem – which he had recently made his capital. David had made a new tent (Tabernacle) which he “had pitched for it.” [v.1]
Verses 8 to 36 are a remarkable Psalm of thanksgiving that David must have then composed, both for the ark of God’s presence and for the blessings of God upon the nation – his words project forward to God’s ultimate blessings. The words the people are to sing begin, “Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name … let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice! Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!” [v.8,10,11] May we seek his presence continually – and “rejoice” as we do so.
As we read on the impression increases that this is also a Psalm/hymn the righteous will sing in the kingdom age. “He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth. Remember his covenant forever, the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations …” [v.14,15] Surely, at that time, the nations will be taught to sing it too!
These words made us meditate on how much the wonders and way of life to come are far beyond our minds to grasp at present. The words David was inspired to put together are remarkable – and the vision the LORD inspires in him pictures the time eventually coming when all will “worship the LORD in the splendour of holiness” and “tremble before him … yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.” [v.29,30]
How inspiring is the way the Psalm concludes, ” Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!” Then all the people said, “Amen!” and praised the LORD.” [v.36]
Surely we are getting close to the time when this “everlasting” era will begin – but only God knows. But let us follow the example of Paul, expressed so meaningfully in his words we also read this morning: “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” [Gal 2 v.20] So when “the Lord comes … to judge the earth” – we will be “on the Lord’s side” (see Exodus 32 v,26) and will be “everlasting” in singing praises to him.