I Chronicles 16:23-27
23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Proclaim His salvation from day to day.
24 Declare His glory among the nations,
His wonderful works among all peoples.
25 For the Lord is great and is highly praised;
He is feared above all gods.
26 For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
27 Splendor and majesty are before Him;
strength and joy are in His place.
The Holy Bible : Holman Christian Standard Version. Nashville : Holman Bible Publishers, 2003, S. 1 Ch 16:23-27, (emphasis added)
One of my favorite ways to study the Word is to look at what Scripture says about who God is. Not only do I discover new attributes of my Creator, but I learn about myself through my knowledge of who He is. And as I read thru I Chronicles 16:23-27 I was in awe of all that these four verses say about who God is. In a world where everything changes from day to day, I am excited to know about the God who NEVER CHANGES!!
Take a look at the attributes we learn about God in these verses…
-God is glorious & His works are wonderful!
-God is great
-God is highly praised
-God is feared above all gods
-God made the heavens
-Splendor & majesty are before God
-Strength & joy are in His place
When you read this are you in awe of our Maker? These truths are like warm rays of sunshine on my face; I have to pause of a moment and just soak them all in! These verses are jam-packed with attributes that blow me away, so let's marinate on these verses and walk thru them slowly. Let's start at the top, and see what we learn about our heavenly King, and how we should respond as a result of who He is! The writer of this passage is King David, King of Israel. He begins with three commands (v23-24). He commands us to “sing to the Lord, all the earth,” “proclaim His salvation from day to day,” and “declare His glory among the nations, His wonderful works among all peoples.”
David then goes on to tell us why we should do this (v25-27). He reminds us that the LORD is great and is highly praised. David tells that our God is feared above all gods and that the Lord made the heavens. Finally he says, “slendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in His place.”
David starts out, “Sing to the Lord all the earth!” I could stop here and sit for hours! This line gets me every time, especially on a spring day like today! Everywhere I look I see and I hear how all the earth sings to the Lord! At work there are a couple birds who have come back from their winter migration. These birds sit outside my window and sing all day long. Sometimes I don't hear them because we have the music up too loud, but when the music gets turned down, and there is a moment of silence, I can hear them singing their hearts out. I can't help but smile at their happy song.
In the front room of my house I have a big picture window where a little hibiscus tree soaks up the sun. Last summer the tree lived outside, and I enjoyed the beautiful pink flowers that bloomed daily! Then as fall came the blooms became more and more scarce…when winter hit, I brought this little potted tree inside my house and placed it in the front window with hopes that it would survive the winter. I didn't know if this tropical tree could survive a winter inside, but just yesterday the first green leaf began to show itself. When I saw it for the first time, I was SO excited! And as I read this verse today, I knew that this little green leaf is another reminder that all of God's creation sings to the Lord.
Where are in obeying the command to sing to the Lord?
Maybe you are at a place where it is easy to sing. Maybe you have seen the greatness of God today! Maybe like me, when you walk outside and feel the sunshine on your face you can't help but burst into song and rejoice that God made the heavens. Maybe this week you have personally witnessed God's splendor and his majesty! Maybe you called upon His strength and joy, and He answered with a resounding “yes!” If this is where you are, I am so excited for you. I wish I could sit down with you and hear the song of praise God is writing on your heart.
But maybe this isn't you. Maybe, in all honesty you are having difficulty joining in this praise song. Maybe you feel more like my hibiscus tree, which from all outward appearances looks dead. But even though there were no signs of life on the outside of this tree for months, on the inside this tree was ALIVE! God's Word tells us that if we have a personal relationship with our Maker we are not dead, no matter how beaten down we feel. There have been many times in my life that I didn't think I could join in this praise song. I felt dead inside and thought I had no voice. But David doesn't say, sing only if you're circumstances seem good….he says, ‘Sing to the Lord, all the earth.” Then he graciously reminds of all we can praise God for even in hard times. He even provides list of attributes of God so that we can sing in the good times and the bad. So if you don't think you have a song to sing or you don't know where to start, start with the words King David penned. Sing the verses of this praise song, and simply praise the Lord by telling Him who He is. He is great! He is highly praised! He made the heavens! He is majestic! Splendor is before Him! Strength and joy are in His place! Begin with what you know about God…sing the truth, and He will renew your spirit!