1 Chronicles 16:7-36 (Part 4) – Like Ralyn and Her Mommy & Daddy!

Posted: April 27, 2020 in 13-1 Chronicles

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

David’s Song of Praise

As we close out our look at 1 Chronicles 16:7-36 this morning, I think of how we as children trust our parents completely with every aspect of our lives. We may not always like what they have to say even as small children but the thought of being without our parents is not even really a thought. They were there when we came into the world and they have always been there. We don’t know a time that our parents were not part of our lives. They are the constant. They are our security. They are ever-present.

When I watch my granddaughter, Ralyn, with her mom and dad, Meghan (my oldest child) and Curtis (my son-in-law), she thinks that the world begins and ends with them. Sure, she is a spunky little thing and has her moments when she pushes back against their authority. However, she sees them as larger than life. You should see this child’s eyes light upon when her mom or her dad enter a room after being away from Ralyn for a while. She runs and hugs and kisses. She has to tell her mom and dad everything that is on her mind at all times. She loves their approval so it’s always “mommy” this and “daddy” that! And, she simply adores them. She will snuggle up to each of them at various points in the day and be as content and as happy as she can possibly be. Isn’t amazing the bond that develops between parents and child in just a few short years. Ralyn will be 4 years old this summer and the love that she has for her mom and dad cannot be measured. The love that they have for her is equally as immeasurable. Isn’t weird how by the time your child is Ralyn’s age, you really can’t remember with any degree of detail of what life was like without our child or children. And, Ralyn simply loves her mom and dad for being her mom and dad. Sure, she loves getting stuff from them, but I bet if you took it all away, Ralyn would love her mom and dad regardless. She loves them just because they are her parents and no other reason. No other reason is really needed.

That’s what I thought of this morning when I read through this passage, 1 Chronicles 16:7-36. That idea of just loving someone because they are that someone – like a child loves his or her parents just because they are his or her parents. Let’s read the whole passage now but with special attention to verses 34-36:

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


Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness.

    Let the whole world know what he has done.


Sing to him; yes, sing his praises.

    Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.


Exult in his holy name;

    rejoice, you who worship the Lord.


Search for the Lord and for his strength;

    continually seek him.


Remember the wonders he has performed,

    his miracles, and the rulings he has given,


you children of his servant Israel,

    you descendants of Jacob, his chosen ones.


He is the Lord our God.

    His justice is seen throughout the land.


Remember his covenant forever—

    the commitment he made to a thousand generations.


This is the covenant he made with Abraham

    and the oath he swore to Isaac.


He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,

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


“I will give you the land of Canaan

    as your special possession.”


He said this when you were few in number,

    a tiny group of strangers in Canaan.


They wandered from nation to nation,

    from one kingdom to another.


Yet he did not let anyone oppress them.

    He warned kings on their behalf:


“Do not touch my chosen people,

    and do not hurt my prophets.”


Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!

    Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.


Publish his glorious deeds among the nations.

    Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.


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

    He is to be feared above all gods.


The gods of other nations are mere idols,

    but the Lord made the heavens!


Honor and majesty surround him;

    strength and joy fill his dwelling.


O nations of the world, recognize the Lord,

    recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong.


Give to the Lord the glory he deserves!

    Bring your offering and come into his presence.

Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor.


    Let all the earth tremble before him.

    The world stands firm and cannot be shaken.


Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice!

    Tell all the nations, “The Lord reigns!”


Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!

    Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy!


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

    for he is coming to judge the earth.


Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!

    His faithful love endures forever.


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.”


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. 34-36 to sing praises to God for just being God. For just being our Ultimate Father, and for that we praise Him. No matter what’s going on in life, David wanted people to praise God just for who God is and what He means to us, His chosen people.

Sometimes, we need to be like Ralyn with her mom and dad when it comes to God. We just need to love Him for being who He is. He is God and that’s the only reason we need to praise Him. We can explain all the reasons that we love Him and many of them have to do with how he provides for us and cares for us. But the idea this morning is to just love Him, as a child loves a parent. No reasons. Just loving them for who they are and not what they are and what they can do for us.

A lot of times in life, we treat God as if He works for us instead of Him being the All Powerful Creator of the Universe. He is the Alpha and Omega. He is the Creator. He is beyond our comprehension. He is amazing. Sometimes, we just need to sit down and think about who God is and not come at Him with all our wants and desires like a kid looking for money to buy something. We just need to think about Him and WHO he is and not what He can do for us.

God. Think of Him. Think about Him with no agenda to bring to Him. Just think on and about Him. And then the praises will come!

Amen and Amen.

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