Give, Sing, Glory, Seek, Remember
I Chronicles 16:7-12 — “Then on that day David delivered first this psalm to thank the LORD into the hand of Asaph and his brethren. Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon His name, make known His deeds among the people. Sing unto Him, sing psalms unto Him, talk you of all His wondrous works. Glory you in His holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. Seek the LORD and His strength, seek His face continually. Remember His marvelous works that He hath done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth.”
There are five great words found in this psalm which comprise praise and worship in our living for God.
Verse 7 makes it very clear that these statements were a “psalm” or “song” that Asaph, David’s choir director, used to lead the people in a song of praise and worship.
THE IMPORTANCE OF MUSIC IN CHURCH
Music and singing constitute the highest form of worship as it regards the Lord. We know this because of the length of the book of Psalms, which is actually 150 songs, constituting the longest book in the Bible. For the Holy Spirit to give that much time and space to this form of worship proves the point.
To be honest, music in the church is the spiritual barometer of the church. If the music is merely entertainment, as so much of it is, then there is no true worship. Too many of today’s songs are written with disordered harmony and melody that it’s impossible to worship the Lord.
However, when the song has harmony and melody given by the Lord, then the song will glorify the Lord – who He is, and what He has done – and the Holy Spirit will then move in the hearts and lives of people and greatly bless the people. If the music and singing are as they ought to be, then it will include prayer, praise, petition, and prophecy. It was to David whom the foundation of this great form of worship was given to Israel and thereby to the church. In short, as the music goes, so goes the church.
Now let us look at the five words of the title of this article.
Verse 8 says, “Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon His name, make known His deeds among the people.”
Most of our prayer time should be given over to thanking the Lord for what He has done for us, and what He is doing for us.
Properly giving thanks to the Lord portrays the fact that we know and understand what He has done for us. It portrays our gratitude, which should be abundant. So, whatever it is that we want from the Lord, we should begin by “giving thanks unto the Lord.”
Verse 9 says, “Sing unto Him, sing psalms unto Him, talk you of all His wondrous works.”
The Holy Spirit here tells us that the Lord actually desires that we “sing unto Him.” The idea is not that we have a beautiful voice, but rather that we understand, once again, His nature and His character. If the world can sing songs about people who have done something noteworthy, then how much more should we who are saved sing “His wondrous works.”
Verse 10 says, “Glory you in His holy name: Let the heart of them rejoice who seek the LORD.”
The Scripture is very clear, Christians are to “glory in His holy name.”
We presently have a greater privilege even than David had under the old covenant. The name now is Jesus, and He is Lord. In those days they were glorying His name by faith, but now we are able to glorify the name of the Lord who has come and atoned for the sins of humanity: “It is finished,” so lift up your voice and glorify the Lord.
Verse 11 says, “Seek the LORD and His strength, seek His face continually.”
This verse means the Christian is to seek the Lord about everything and to seek Him continually.
Only the Lord has the answer to all of life’s problems. He is source of all that we need, and the Cross is the means by which all that we need is given unto us.
We are to seek His strength, for we don’t have the power or strength to get done what needs to be done. We are weak, but He is strong.
Verse 12 says, “Remember His marvelous works that He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth.”
The text is emphatic: we are to remember His marvelous works. We must constantly be remembering not only what He has done in His Word, but we must also “remember the marvelous works” that He has done in our lives.
So there you have it: Give, sing, glory, seek, remember.
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