Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 15:25-16:6. Let’s go!
1 Chronicles 15:25-28 (NIV) 25 So David and the elders of Israel and the commanders of units of a thousand went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD from the house of Obed-Edom, with rejoicing. 26 Because God had helped the Levites who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD, seven bulls and seven rams were sacrificed. 27 Now David was clothed in a robe of fine linen, as were all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and as were the singers, and Kenaniah, who was in charge of the singing of the choirs. David also wore a linen ephod. 28 So all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouts, with the sounding of rams’ horns and trumpets, and of cymbals, and the playing of lyres and harps.
On verses 26-28: Here David leads all of Israel in welcoming the ark into Jerusalem with rejoicing (v25), sacrificing (v26), singing (v27), shouting (v28) and musical instruments (v28). If that is the way God’s people in the Old Testament worshiped in God’s presence, how much more do we have reason to rejoice, sacrifice, sing, shout and play music in the presence of the Lord, who died for us, rose again and is alive today.
Notice that David made sure the Levites and the singers were clothed in fine linen just as he was (v27). What can we learn from this? A true worshiper like David makes sure that those who dedicate their full time to serving the Lord are as well clothed as he is. May we have the same heart for God’s house and the people who serve in it. That’s why tithing (giving the first 10% of your income to the house of God) is essential if you call yourself a child of God (Leviticus 27:30; Malachi 3:16). It’s about taking good care of God’s house and those who have dedicated their working lives to serving in it.
Why did David wear a linen ephod (v27)? The linen ephod was something that only a priest would wear, yet in this case David the king is wearing a linen ephod. Why? I believe it is pointing ahead to the day when Jesus Christ the Son of David would come and be both our king and our priest. I believe it is also pointing ahead to the modern day church when every person who has trusted in Jesus, regardless of their background, tribe or station in life, is a priest in God’s kingdom (1 Peter 2:9).
1 Chronicles 15:29 (NIV) 29 As the ark of the covenant of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David dancing and celebrating, she despised him in her heart.
On verse 26: While all Israel is worshiping God with shouts and music, Michal is just watching from a window and despising her husband David for dancing and celebrating with all his might before God. Instead of participating in the worship of God, Michal was merely a spectator in worship. The Bible says that after that until the day she died Michal bore no children (2 Samuel 6:23).
What can we learn from this? Don’t be a spectator in worship; be a participant. When you are nothing more than a spectator who watches others worship, you don’t bear any fruit.
1 Chronicles 16:1-6 (NIV) 1 They brought the ark of God and set it inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and they presented burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before God. 2 After David had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of theLORD. 3 Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins to each Israelite man and woman. 4 He appointed some of the Levites to minister before the ark of the LORD, to make petition, to give thanks, and to praise theLORD, the God of Israel: 5 Asaph was the chief, Zechariah second, then Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-Edom and Jeiel. They were to play the lyres and harps, Asaph was to sound the cymbals, 6 and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests were to blow the trumpets regularly before the ark of the covenant of God.
On verses 1-6: Notice the effect that being a participant in worship had on David’s life:
He prayed for others and blessed them (v2)
He cared for others practically, giving bread and cakes to every Israelite man and woman in the service (v3).
He empowered others to serve (see v4-6 where he assembles a team to continue leading the worship of God)
He developed a system so that he and others could continue to worship God regularly (v4-6).
What can we learn from this? When you are a participant in worship, you become a blessing to others, and you find ways to keep your worship going even after the music in the service has stopped.
Heavenly Father, whenever I go to a worship service at church, may I not be a critical spectator like Michal but a passionate participant like David. May the worship I give You result in me being a blessing to others as well. And may my worship of You not just be some one night stand, but an ongoing, daily lifestyle. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!