Covenant Words
Covenant Words

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Song Of The King (1 Chronicles 16:8-36)

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Rev. Christopher Chelpka

If you're able, please remains standing and let's give our attention now to God's word and first chronicles. This first chronicles chapter sixteen. So First Chronicles Chapter Sixteen. On tonight we hear this song that David Commands to be Sung and the Lord's response. So I'm going to begin reading it verse seven and we'll read through verse thirty six. Let's hear God's word. then. On that day, David first appointed that Thanksgiving Be Sung to Jehovah by ASAF and his brothers. Oh, give thanks to Jehovah, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the People's sing to him, sing praises to him, tell of all his wondrous works, glory and His holy name. But the hearts of those who seek Jehovah Rejoice, Seek Jehovah and his strength, seek his presence. Continually Remember the works that he has done, his miracles and the judgments he uttered. Oh offspring of Israel, his servant, Oh sons of Jacob, his chosen ones, he is Jehovah, our God. His judgments are in all the earth. Remember his covenant forever, the word that he has commanded for a thousand generations. The covenant that he made with Abraham, his sworn promise to Isaac, which he confirmed as a statute to Jacob, as an everlasting covenant to Israel, saying to you, I will give the land of Canaan as your portion for an inheritance when you were few in number and of little account. And sojourner's sojourners in it, wandering from nation to nation and from one kingdom to another. People he allowed no one to oppress them. He rebuked kings on their account, saying touch not my anointed ones, do my prophets no harm. Seeing to Jehovah, all the Earth Tell of his salvation from day to day, declare his glory among the nation's, his marvelous works, among all the peoples. For Great is Jehovah and Greatly to be praised, and he is to be held in awe above all gods, for all the gods of the People's are idols, but Jehovah made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him, strength and joy are in his place. Ascribe to Jehovah. O clans of the People's ascribe to Jehovah Glory and strength. Ascribe to Jehovah, the glory, do his name, bring an offering and come before him. Worship Jehovah in the splendor of holiness. Tremble before him, all the earth. Yes, the world is established, it shall never be moved. Let the heavens be glad and let the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nation's Jehovah reigns. Let the sea roar and all that fills it, let the field exalt and everything in it. Then the then shall the trees of the Forest Sing for joy before Jehovah, for he comes to judge the Earth. Oh, give thanks to Jehovah, for He is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Say Also, save us, Oh God of our salvation, and gather and deliver us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise. Blessed Be Jehovah, a god of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Then all the people said Amen and praised Jehovah. You may be seated. Was We've been reading in first chronicles. God has been chronicling for us the rise to power of his anointed servant, David the...

King, and through his servant. He's been showing how he intends to rule over his people, how this is a somewhat the culmination of promises that he's been making to them at Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, that they would be in the promised land. And now here they are and here is their king ruling over them. But the king, as we have seen, does not rule on his own, he doesn't rule apart from God and a way or away from him, a contrary to what Saldid David has sought. The Lord has sought God and has brought the arc, also called his name to Jerusalem and has set it in this place where God will be worshiped. And now the king commands that those who lead in worship, these levites, who are particularly appointed and anointed by the spirit to lead the people in worship, are to call the people to these particular acts of worship. In other words, now that to God, their Lord, Their Covenant God, is placed among them, so to speak, as he is set his king on the throne and promised us to rule over them, they are to praise him, they are to worship him. They have received a kingdom, they have a king, and a good king who is pointing them on to their God and not to himself. And so we consider this evening, this song of worship, the commands to worship there, as well as the People's response. But we consider it not only from David's perspective, not only from Israel's perspective as those who have a new king and are now further established in the land, but we consider it also from our perspective, our particular church, in this time and this place. How are we called to worship? Are we called to worship the king? Are we called to worship God? Well, this is the difference, so the great difference between Israel and us. King, Jesus, does call us to worship God, but he also is God. And so whereas Israel didn't worship David but only worshiped the God who had brought them David, we worship both our king and the one who sent him, the father. So I want to begin by just putting that in perspective of this and thinking about our situation, our call to praise. I'll put it as a question. Does Jesus call us to worship in a way that's similar to David? The answer is yes, you're right. Remember Jesus at the well with the woman and John, for there she asked this questions. While we worship on this mountain or on this mountain, and he says an hour is coming when people will worship in spirit and in truth. Jesus says that an hour is coming in even now it's here. He calls US A to worship the apostle, Paul. Jesus is Apostle, the one he has sent out. Calls us in Romans to present our bodies as a spiritual act of worship. I'm in Colossians, we read that we are to let the word of Christ dwell in US, richly singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with Thanksgiving on the command a to worship not only the the father, but also the Lord Jesus. We read in Philippians three, where we are told that we worship by the spirit of God and Glory in Christ Jesus. We glory in our King, even as we glory in the father. Or One more,...

Hebrews, Chapter Twelve twenty eight. Therefore, let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. So Jesus is, of course, the god of whom David speaks when he says we are to worship God, we are to glory in Him, rejoice in him and praise him. Well, if David calls us to worship our God, then how much more, now that the sun has come, that he has come for us and come to save us, to fulfill the promises that we have at the end of this song? So back to the question. Does Jesus call us to worship, to sing, to praise, to rejoice in our God for receiving a kingdom, even as David did? I'll absolutely that's exactly what scripture says and it makes a lot of sense. So let's consider now what it is, what praise is, what does it mean to worship? What is David want to teach us through this song? We're going to come. We're going to consider three things. The how of praise, the why of praise, maybe for the when and the where of praise. So the how, the why, the when and the where. So the how of praise. To get at this question, how are we to praise? I want to simply a list the verbs that are used here in this song and I hope that they'll sort of overwhelm you a little bit. This will give me an opportunity also to do with the puritans off and did in their preaching and have lots and lots of points. So I've got eleven verbs here for you and how we are to praise God. Will move somewhat quickly. First, we are to give thanks. This is verse eight. Oh, give thanks, we are told. Praise means being filled with gratitude. It means responding for something that is given. Remember Again Hebrews twelve. We have received a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Therefore, let us worship God. We are to be. We are to be people who give thanks. Number two, we are to call upon him. We are not giving thanks sort of just abstractly or just feeling great and are grateful in our hearts, but we call upon a particular a God, the God of Israel, a God who has given his even his name, Jehovah or Yah, way however you pronounce it. These small capital letters where it says Lord, they're indicate this very particular name, the special covenantal name that God has given to his people. We are to call upon him and him in particular. Number three, we are to make known his deeds. Giving praise means not just being grateful and calling upon him, but to make known his deeds or the parallel tell of his wondrous works. God is an active God and we respond by sharing and telling of the things he has done. We don't just tell number four, we also sing, David says in verse nine. Sing to him, sing praises to him. We are not just a talking people, we are a singing people. If you are not a singing Christian, become one. Number Five, glory in His holy name or praise his holy name.

We are to enjoy, revel in a sense, and lift up God. I lift up his name. It's not an accident that the ARC is connected with his name or that we see this word Lord or Yahweh or Jehovah over and over again. God has revealed himself in this way. He's made himself known to us in his covenant promises. He has promised to rescue his people. He says that he is, I am. We are to glory and who he is and how he has revealed himself to us. Number six, we are to rejoice, be happy, have lifted hearts, exalt, we read it later, of the trees, even lifting the trees of the field. Here, I'm shall exalt and sing for joy. The seas roared. Creation is personified here, is just filled with noise for God it. He is their maker, he made them, he called them to be these kinds of creatures. Shall we not also join in praise? We, who ever made higher than them, who are put in charge of them? Shall the trees teach us what to do? We are God's creatures and we should be happy about that. Lift up our hearts and rejoice. Number seven, praise means seeking the Lord. Three things are lifted. Seek the Lord, his strength, his presence. Praising God means not only calling to him, but bringing to mind, as we see in number eight, remembering. We are to remember the things of the Lord, the works, his miracles, his attributes. Again, we don't worship an abstract principle or a theory or an algorithm or a feeling. We worship God, God of Israel, Father, son and Holy Spirit. We don't remember things in general, Remember his works, his miracles, his judgment, his strength, his presence, and we seek him in it. Number nine we ascribe to him praise, not to others, but to him alone. Number ten, we bring gifts. This is a part of our worship, David mentions. It's a it's a way that we show our gratitude and rejoice and give thanks to God by giving things to him. And finally, he loventhe we tremble. We read there in the last few verses there, that we are to tremble before the Lord. Remember Again Hebrews Twelve, twenty eight. Therefore, let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. We tremble before the Lord because we recognize that he is really strong, that he is truly powerful. We've seen it in his works, we know it even in his salvation. And so this is what it means to give praise, to give thanks, to call, to make known his deeds, to sing to him, to glory in his name, to rejoice, to seek, to remember, to ascribe, to bring gifts, to tremble. This is how we praise. Now the why of praise? Why does this make sense? Well, David gives a number of reasons. Some we've described I'bed already. There's his wondrous works, there's his strength, his presence.

There's a bit his ability to actually answer our call when we call upon him to be found, when we seek him, unlike the idols of the people's these false gods that do not seek us and find us and go wherever we are, present, everywhere at all times, always strong, always knowing, but rocks and sticks and little things. Why Praise God? Well, because of his wondrous works, because of his ability to answer, because of his strength, praise because his creative power, because of his steadfast love and, most particularly, because of his covenant promises, David Says, after in this first part, especially calling. This is where we have the majority of these verbs in the first part of this song. He then says he is Jehovah Yahweh our God. His judgments are in all the earth. Remember his covenant forever than he goes on to say the word that he has commanded for a thousand generations. He goes on to talk about this covenant that he has made with able, for him, Isaac Jacob, Israel, and with us, this covenant that he promised to Abraham. This promise that through a child, he would make Abraham a great and mighty people, that he would overcome the death that was promised after the fall, that life would be brought forth and that the people would enter into a land where they would dwell with God forever and ever and ever lasting. Covenant, he says, and this an act of salvation and an act of grace. This is why we praise God. As he puts it in perspective in verses, Nineteen through twenty two, when you were few in number and of little account and of sojourners in it, wandering from nation to nation and from one kingdom to another. People he allowed no one to oppress them. He rebuked kings on their account, saying touch not my anointed ones. Do My prophets no harm. You might summarize all that by saying when they were small, God was big. God took care of them. They didn't come before God and say we are a mighty people, now you will be our God. No, God went to them and said you're a tiny, insignificant people, traveling, wandering, unsecure her but I will make you secure, I will take care of you and I will establish you. And he did, and he has. Here's David, King David with a vast multitude of people standing there in the Promised Land, all pointing forward to the Greater Promised Land of the new heavens and the new earth, where Jesus will stand before millions, millions who lift up and worship the god of the promise. I'll pause here and say that if you know these things, if you belong to the promised child that is Jesus, as Paul tells us, and Galatians, if we belong to the family of Abraham by faith, then glorying and praising and rejoicing and seeking and calling and giving gifts and ascribing, all that makes a lot of sense. It's like a let's imagine a bride on her wedding day. She's been waiting for years and years...

...to get married. She wants so badly to find the man of her dreams and then she finally finds him. He's handsome, he's smart, he's going to take care of her, he's wonderful. And now the day is, the day of her wedding. is she going to be sad and disappointed and moping around? No, she's going to be happy and excited and rejoicing for this gift she's been given, this thing that she has received, this person that God has brought into hers her life, the bride. You won't go to the bride and say why are you just so happy today? It's a kind of crazy question to ask. Of course she's happy. It makes sense. Well, this is true of just a human relationship like this. How much more for finding our husband, Jesus, who takes us not a lovely bride who's always wanted a great man, but a whore? The scripture describes us a wretched person that is given herself away over and over again to false gods, and he comes and he takes her and he says, you're mine, you belong to me, I will be your God, you will be my bride. Makes Sense that we're happy. It makes sense that we would seek him and call upon him and give gifts to him and smile and rejoice and praise him. Of course, if you haven't received these gifts, if you're separated from Jesus, or if there's a hardness us in your heart and a lack of faith and not really believing that he said he will do the things he will do, then glorying and praising and rejoicing and singing. They're going to feel a little weird. They're not going to make sense. Maybe, if you take it seriously enough, they'll even be offensive for the Christian who's been rescued, the Christian who knows her husband, we as the church, who know the one who has saved us. The why leads very much to the how. The why is answered, we might say, by a WHO. We praise and we worship our God because he is who he is, he's done what he's done. And now to the when and where. What is David say? You read it in Verse Twenty Three. Sing to Jehovah, all the Earth Tell of his salvation, from day today, never stop. In other words, this praising that he describes here, throughout this songs praising that he describes is to not stop. It's to be everlasting. And this makes sense, doesn't it? God is a not a partial God, he's an everlasting God, a complete God, Holy God. His Salvation, likewise, is not a partial salvation, a halfway salvation. His Covenant is everlasting, his salvation is everlasting. He is everlasting. Shall our praise then be a little bit? Of course not. Our everlasting God who's made an everlasting covenant and who saved US unto everlasting deserves everlasting praise. Tell of is salvation. From day today, should never stop among us and doing our...

...homework, in losing our loved ones, in eating a meal, in finding a friend, from day today, from night tonight, from everlasting to everlasting, we should proclaim the glories of God. And if the when is always the where is everywhere. What does he say? What is David here say to Israel? He says declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among the People's. Though the omission to the world will greatly expand in the New Testament with the outpouring of the spirit at pentecost, with the command and Commission of Jesus to go to all the nations, making disciples, baptizing men and teaching them the missionary work of God's people, is even here in the Old Testament. Hear it declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among the peoples. If that's true for Israel again, how much more now that the kingdom that we've received that cannot be shaken as a heavenly one. It's one that's everlasting. It's one that is not limited to just a portion of the world, but includes all of the world and all of the heavens. Would we consider the fact that gentiles like me and perhaps like you, have been included in this covenant? Now that the kingdom has spread throughout all the world, where are we to praise God? Where are we to tell of his marvelous works? Where are we to lift up his name and ascribe a glory to him? Everywhere, always? And so this is what praise is. This is what it means to worship our God. The how, the why, the when and the where. This is what David Commands these Levites, asap in particular, and his brothers, to sing on this and things like this. This is the kind of ministry that they are to exercise. And how are the people to respond? will end with this. How are the people to respond to this call to worship? We read of it in the very last sentence of this passage, at the end in verse thirty six. Then all the people said all men and praised the Lord. These are the two things they did. They said Amen and they praised, exactly as they're called to do throughout the song. What does this mean to say Amen? One commentator, Robert Rayburn, says. I believe the amen that the congregation responds to the words that they have been a led in worship is one of the very best ways of making sure that all the members of the congregation have a proper sense of participation in the offering up of prayer to God. One senses, he says in a meaningful way, that he is participating with others in the offering up of specific praises and petitions to God, and he experiences the communion of the saints in a very significant way when he joins his voices with others in the congregation or she and says Amen. And this is how the people responded to this call, this call to worship. They...

...lifted up their voices and they said Amen. It's a way of saying yes, I agree, my heart is with these things. It is not, in other words, the Levites alone who have said these things, but when the people add their all men to it, they too are saying them as well. There's a quote from Jerome in the Early Church that he's he described the sound of the men from the congregations like a crack of thunder. Sometimes kind of an amazing thing to consider. Suppose the congregations were probably fairly large to have that kind of sound, but even if it's not audibly that loud, it should have that kind of feeling in our hearts. When we say all men together, when you say Amen in response to a prayer and response to a song that has been sung or a blessing that has been given, it is the way in which you unite your voices together and say yes, we are together in this, we participate in this together, and this is what they do. They confirm their minds and their hearts to this confession and then they praise as they have been called to praise. So how shall we respond to this God's word, or the commands that Jesus gives us, or the many commands that we have in the psalms or the spirit in our own hearts calling us to worship and praise God? Amen, and we praise the Lord. If you have received a kingdom that cannot be shaken, if you have been married to Jesus Christ, the great husband of his church, if you belong to the Lord God, who has promised to save us and has indeed gathered us and delivered us from all the nations of the world. Then let's join our voices together and say blessed be Jehovah, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting, and all God's people said, let us pray.

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