Read I Chronicles 14 -- 16
In Today's Reading:
King Hiram's kindness to David; Philistines defeated; Ark brought to Jerusalem; David's psalm of thanksgiving
Soon after establishing his capital in Jerusalem, David united the nation for a glorious time of praising the Lord while bringing the Ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to Jerusalem. To demonstrate his reverence for God, and his recognition that God was the Supreme Ruler, David humbly laid aside his kingly garments and dressed in a plain linen ephod, a garment the priests wore when ministering before the Lord. In doing this, David was publicly expressing adoration and praise to his Lord as Almighty God and acknowledging his submission to the true King of Israel.
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 that everyone should thank the Lord for all His wonderful works! And, at the same time, remember to keep His Covenant relationship with God since He is our King. Is it any surprise that David was a man after God's own heart? Yes, the Lord reigns. He is still Sovereign and the world needs to hear us praise the Lord and to talk of all His wonderful blessings.
David also stands out as a man of prayer. As a result of these basic, God-honoring characteristics, the Lord caused all the nations to fear David and he became famous.
When we complain, it is truly a victory for Satan and an insult to God for we are demonstrating lack of faith. We need to praise the Lord for His faithful love in providing His Word that reveals eternal life.
Devotional commentary also refers to: I Samuel 13:14; 23:2,4; 30:8; Acts 13:22; II Samuel 2:1; 5:19,23; 21:1; Psalm 92:1-2.
Through David's fame and exaltation (see I Chronicles 14:17). God has highly exalted Christ above everyone who ever lived as King of kings and Lord of Lords (see Philippians 2:9-11).
14:13 spread themselves abroad = made a hostile invasion.
Staff: Gina Lesnefsky · Rev. & Mrs. Mike Hall, Directors, Washington DC Bible Reading Marathon · the International Shortwave Radio Broadcast in memory of Blanche Mastin · Government Officials: Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (MI), Rep. James Moran (VA), and Rep. Jon Porter (NE) · Country: Cameroon (15 million) in west-central Africa · Major languages: English and French · Pressure on Christians from authorities and Muslims · 28% Roman Catholic; 23% Muslim; 18% animism, divination, and animal sacrifices; 14% Protestant · Prayer Suggestion: Pray when distressed and afflicted like Jonah did (see Jonah 2:2).
Optional Reading: I Corinthians 3
Memory Verse for the Week: Colossians 3:16