Read I Chronicles 14 -- 16
King Hiram's kindness to David; Philistines defeated;
Soon after establishing his capital in
On that day, David provided an inspiring psalm for his choir to sing. It still lifts our spirits as we worship our wonderful Lord. David proclaimed to the world: Give thanks to the LORD, call upon His Name, make known His deeds among the people. . . . sing psalms to Him, talk . . . of all His wondrous works. . . . rejoice. . . . Be . . . mindful always of His Covenant (Agreement); the Word which He commanded to a thousand generations. . . Declare His glory among the heathen. . . . For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised. . . . bring an offering, and come before Him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. . . . The LORD reigns (I Chronicles 16:8-31). Is it any surprise that David was a man after God's own heart (see I Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22)? Yes, the Lord reigns. He is sovereign and the world needs to hear us praise the Lord and talk of all His wondrous works, and to see us living in obedience to Him.
David also stands out as a man of prayer; thus, we see the often-repeated phrase: David inquired of God (I Chronicles 14:10,14; note: I Samuel 23:2,4; 30:8; II Samuel 2:1; 5:19,23; 21:1). As a result of these basic, God-honoring characteristics, prayer, praise, and exalting the Word of God, the fame of David went out into all lands; and the LORD brought the fear of him upon all nations (I Chronicles 14:17).
When we complain and are despondent it dishonors the Lord and becomes a victory for Satan. We are also demonstrating lack of faith in God's Word (see Romans 8:28), as well as dissatisfaction with God and His will for our lives. It is a good thing to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to Your Name, O Most High: To show forth (declare) Your lovingkindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness every night (Psalm 92:1-2).
Through David's fame and exaltation (I Chronicles 14:17). God highly exalted Christ, our Redeemer, and gave Him a Name above every name (Philippians 2:9-11).
14:13 spread themselves abroad = made a hostile invasion.
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Memory Verse for the Week: II Timothy 3:17