1CHRONICLES 16:23-27 Sing to the Lord, all the earth; show forth from day to day His salvation.

24. Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all peoples.

25. For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; He also is to be (reverentially) feared above all so-called gods.

26. For all the gods of the people are lifeless idols, but the Lord made the heavens.

27. Honor and majesty are found in His presence; strength and joy are found in His sanctuary. Amp.

DEFINITIONS

Presence -c) the face, countenance, favor, fear of, honorable, look, meet, mouth, please. serve.

Countenance – d) the expression of the face, a look of approval, composure.

Glory – d) great honor and admiration, fame, renown, worship, adoration, the condition of highest achievement; the highest degree of pleasure; heaven or the bliss of heaven.

Great -d) much above the ordinary or average.

Honor – d) high regard or great respect given or received.

Majesty – d) the dignity or power of a sovereign.

David has finally gotten the Ark of the Lord into his possession after trying and failing the first time, it has found a resting place. It sounds like they really had Church. They were all in one accord worshipping the Lord as they had been instructed by the Law of Moses.

David is not new at worshipping the Lord. So He brings what he knows to the people and appoints the Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord, to give thanks, to sing praises and to offer burnt offerings continually morning and evening and to do all that is written in the Law.

This is written for our instruction. We are to live our lives in a way that honors the Lord above ourselves and our family. David Wilkerson talks about how when he was growing up that His mother would call the children’s names real loud outside calling them home to Family Prayer Time.

Everyone in the neighborhood knew it was time for the Wilkerson’s to pray. They had to stop playing ball and go home. They did not like it. But they learned so much from those days. When you put the Lord first all who know you should see how you are different than the world.

If the Lord is greatly to be praised, how should our life show that He is? It must be much above the ordinary. If you sing just because it is the right thing to do then you are not above average. How can we declare His glory if we have not experienced it for ourselves. He is to be reverentially feared. If we are careless in our worship we will not enter into His presence.

Then we will not see is face and His countenance will not look upon us with approval. It is such a wonderful privilege to worship the Lord and that is the glory that we are to declare. David did not have the media to deal with. He had the musicians. He also had his own instruments. We have many devices that we can use to play the Lord’s songs (and they must be His).

There is corporate worship at Church and with others. There is that time alone with a special offering that you give to the Lord. I think that videos have taken the place of worship. They do have their place. But when you worship the Lord alone you do not want any distractions. Most of the time your eyes should be shut searching on high for the face of Jesus because He is there.

If your eyes are on man and their talents you can miss much needed blessings. Satan will always try to tempt you to find an easier way that is not God’s will for you. Honor and majesty are found in His presence. If you are living without the much needed strength and joy look for it in a song that you sing alone that no one can hear but Him. Your life will be lifted up into the heavenlies where His glory will shine upon you, then you will declare His glory!

Song – Shout from the Mountain – Chris Christian

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