1 Chronicles 16:7-36 (Part 3) – They Are Weak But He Is Strong

Posted: April 25, 2020 in 13-1 Chronicles

1 Chronicles 16:7-36 (Part 3 of 4)

David’s Song of Praise

One of our childhood vacation Bible school songs has a profound truth in it. “Jesus Loves Me” has the lyric in it that says, “They are weak but He is strong!” That is so true. What David writes about here is the simple fact of the existence of the intricate world in which we live is testament to the greatness of God. That’s the theme of the day. They (us) are weak and He is strong. It’s a comparison of us to God.

Even the earth sings His praises. We can observe the intricacy of the earth. It is very detailed. The entire planet is a vast array of interconnected ecosystems. Just go out in your own backyard or the common areas outside your apartment building and just sit down and look at the ground and in the trees and in the sky. All of it, just in your own range of sight, is teeming with life and activity that we barely notice most of the time. How complex the earth is just in our own little patch of it, much less the entire world, our entire solar system, our entire galaxy, the entire universe. When you think upon these things, it is amazing that some feel that this was all random, mindless evolution with no Intelligent Design by the Creator God. Have you ever left students in a classroom without a teacher? They will devolve from a cohesive unit of learners into a babble of talking voices. They need a teacher to orchestrate and lead their day and lead their learning process. It is the same with the earth and the universe to me. It is illogical to me that all of this was random occurrence. If that were the case, there would be no consistency to the universe at all. There had to be Intelligent Design just be the order in which the universe operates. To me, the discoveries that we make that are game changers about our universe are simply us learning more and more about our Creator as He allows us to learn these things – when He thinks we are ready.

Think too about how little we really know about the universe and even our own planet. We know the most about both than we ever have in the progress of humanity over the millennia. However, we know so very little about the universe. We have explored in person or via probes only a sliver of the vastness of the universe. We have explored on a portion of the depths of the oceans on our own planet as well. Everything that we think we know about the universe is just a guess at this point – because we have never been even to the places that our telescopes can see the farthest – and there is a vast, vast universe beyond that. Heck, our theories about the evolution of this planet alone as mere guesses. The theory of evolution that many in the world take as solid fact is only a theory. The time measurements that we use for the age of the earth are self-defined which makes the theory a theory and not fact. We don’t know.

Simply by observing our little patch of the universe, you become amazed by our Creator. The very existence of the little bit of the creation that we observe in our own little worlds each day is praise to His mighty, awesome power. He controls the intricacy of not only my little patch of the universe but all of the universe. He created the laws of the universe by which all things are governed. He was the original cause to all the causes and effects by which the universe continues to evolve. We think of ourselves as masters of our world in our grand intelligence, our collective grand intelligence. We feel we have explained away God. Yet, he so often reminds us that we are collectively small and individually even smaller before this great and mighty Creator of the Universe. The weather can debilitate and destroy us and everything we have worked in an instant. The heat and cold can force us to starve or have plenty of food. Earthquakes, floods, tidal waves, tornados, hurricanes, and any and all sorts of weather patterns prove that we in our self-declared supreme intelligence are pale in comparison to our Great God. The fact that we even at our best and highest collective advancement in civilization that we are at this moment still cannot control the weather. We are at its mercy and it is a reminder of our smallness in comparison to our Creator.

Further, in all our self-declared intelligence, we are now being ravaged by microbes that have almost within a month brought our advanced civilization to its knees. It has dropped our economy from all time, historic highs to all-time, Depression era comparative lows. It is a reminder again that we are not the masters of the universe. This pandemic has reminded us that we are not in control of our worlds. We may have the ability to minimize the impact of the laws of the universe on us and make our life comfortable, but it is a very slim margin between our comfort zone that we knew prior to the pandemic and our world being brought low. That is the sobering thought of the morning. Being reminded of our place by a mighty Creator God.

That’s what I thought of this morning when I read through this passage, 1 Chronicles 16:7-36. That idea of how little we are in comparison to our Creator is what I thought of this morning. Let’s read the whole passage now but with special attention to verses 30-33:

7 On that day David gave to Asaph and his fellow Levites this song of thanksgiving to the Lord:

8

Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness.

    Let the whole world know what he has done.

9

Sing to him; yes, sing his praises.

    Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.

10

Exult in his holy name;

    rejoice, you who worship the Lord.

11

Search for the Lord and for his strength;

    continually seek him.

12

Remember the wonders he has performed,

    his miracles, and the rulings he has given,

13

you children of his servant Israel,

    you descendants of Jacob, his chosen ones.

14

He is the Lord our God.

    His justice is seen throughout the land.

15

Remember his covenant forever—

    the commitment he made to a thousand generations.

16

This is the covenant he made with Abraham

    and the oath he swore to Isaac.

17

He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,

    and to the people of Israel as a never-ending covenant:

18

“I will give you the land of Canaan

    as your special possession.”

19

He said this when you were few in number,

    a tiny group of strangers in Canaan.

20

They wandered from nation to nation,

    from one kingdom to another.

21

Yet he did not let anyone oppress them.

    He warned kings on their behalf:

22

“Do not touch my chosen people,

    and do not hurt my prophets.”

23

Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!

    Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.

24

Publish his glorious deeds among the nations.

    Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.

25

Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!

    He is to be feared above all gods.

26

The gods of other nations are mere idols,

    but the Lord made the heavens!

27

Honor and majesty surround him;

    strength and joy fill his dwelling.

28

O nations of the world, recognize the Lord,

    recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong.

29

Give to the Lord the glory he deserves!

    Bring your offering and come into his presence.

Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor.

30

    Let all the earth tremble before him.

    The world stands firm and cannot be shaken.

31

Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice!

    Tell all the nations, “The Lord reigns!”

32

Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!

    Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy!

33

Let the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord,

    for he is coming to judge the earth.

34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!

    His faithful love endures forever.

35

Cry out, “Save us, O God of our salvation!

    Gather and rescue us from among the nations,

so we can thank your holy name

    and rejoice and praise you.”

36

Praise the Lord, the God of Israel,

    who lives from everlasting to everlasting!

And all the people shouted “Amen!” and praised the Lord.

David wrote vv. 30-33 realizing that the very existence of the intricate nature of our world was a testament to the glory of God. He knew by how intricate and vast the world was evidence of the greatness of God. It was humbling to him to see the wonders of the world and know that we are insignificant in comparison to just nature itself and then you think about how all that vast intricacy was created by God. Then, it just blows your mind about the amazing intelligence and wisdom of God.

What does this all mean to us as Christians in the 21st century, today? It is a reminder that God is almighty. It is a reminder that He is vast and we are small. It is a reminder, even to us as Christians, that we are not in control, He is. It is a reminder to the world that He does exist. This pandemic is reinforcement that we do not control our world. It is a reminder that there are microscopic things going on in the universe that we don’t even know about and that God does. It is a reminder that we know oh so little even with the vastness of accumulated knowledge of mankind at this moment. God is allowing us bit by bit to learn more and more about the universe and even our own little planet. This pandemic reminds us that we are not “all that” like we think we are. This pandemic reminds us that we do truly depend on the graces of God for our very existence and for our very intelligence, individually and collectively.

Let us then be like the earth and praise His name. Let us understand his immensity and our smallness. Let us praise His name for what who He is and look to Him now more than ever for His wisdom, care, and love.

Amen and Amen.

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