The theme of this passage is give thanks, rejoice and sing, and seek his face. The occasion was bringing the Ark of the covenant to Jerusalem, reestablishing it as the center piece of their worship.
David had tried once before to bring the Ark back, but he failed miserably when he did not follow the God’s instructions on how the Ark was to be moved. He repented of his mistake and some time later he did return it and that was a great time of celebration.
The parade bringing the Ark to Jerusalem was a sight to behold. David had called all of Israel together at Jerusalem then formed a parade of thousands to go bring the Ark to Jerusalem. The marchers consisted of his generals, the Levites and priest, singers and instrument players, as well as the citizens who followed.
It was for this occasion David presented this psalm of praise and thanksgiving. We can almost hear the singers declaring, “Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.”What a day of celebration that was!
There are a couple of key phrases which show David’s heart. The first is, “Call on his name,” and the second is, “Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.” David had learned a valuable lesson in his first attempt, and failure, in bringing the Ark to Jerusalem.
This time David took time to inquire of the Lord to find out just how God would have them move the Ark. I find a great lesson here. Even when we are trying to do a good thing we must still seek the face of God to get his instruction, then we can rejoice.
Prayer: Lord, I tend to get a good idea and run with it without finding out if that is what you would have me to do . Grant me the grace to always seek your face that I might know your will. In Jesus name. Amen.
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