Read 1 Chronicles 16
Sanctify God in Your Heart
David took great joy in the blessings of God and often expressed his gratitude to the Almighty. The words of the psalm recorded in 1 Chronicles 16:8-36 can also be found in the inspired collected psalter (Psalms 96:1-13; 105:1-15; 106:47-48; etc.).
David was not shy in speaking of the Lord’s blessings. Don’t we love to share good news? Many times, by the way we talk, it seems like we have nothing but agony in our lives! Let’s refocus on the positive things and see how much praise is due the Lord! Take note of David’s words:
- “Make known His deeds among the peoples!” (1 Chronicles 16:8)
- “Talk of all His wonderful works!” (1 Chronicles 16:9)
- “Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.” (1 Chronicles 16:23)
- “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.” (1 Chronicles 16:24)
- “Give to the Lord the glory due His name.” (1 Chronicles 16:29)
Are we successful in carrying out these instructions? Perhaps we fail so often at expressing joy in God because we don’t fully appreciate who He is. David declared, “For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is also to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens” (1 Chronicles 16:25-26). The heathen nations in the times of David worshiped whatever god they deemed convenient at the time. Even David’s wife, Saul’s daughter, Michal, had an idol in her house (1 Samuel 19:13).
Do we have idols today? Perhaps we do not “worship” them as gods, but do we ever elevate them to a place of importance above God? Consider your list of priorities. Where does God rank? Does He ever take a backseat to a ballgame? Work? Maybe even family?
Sanctify God in your heart. Set Him above all else, acknowledge His blessings, and tell others what He has done for you!