Happy Summer everyone! I hope you are having great times with the Lord, with family and with friends. Perhaps you are like me and began the New Year determined to read through the whole Bible! It is a good thing to pursue. However if you are like me, there are places in the Old Testament where I just get bogged down in genealogies, blue print details for huge boats, the Tabernacle mega tent, and the Temple in Jerusalem. Never mind, all those details and names of people represent real men and women who followed hard after God generation after generation and because they did, you and I get to know Him too.
This year I took a break just after finishing 2 Kings. I went to the New Testament letters of Paul. I had a grand time reading and studying Ephesians and Galatians. I needed that t
ime in the New Testament. Last week I decided to go back and work on another section of the Old Testament.
Oh no, 1 Chronicles begins with more genealogies! Actually the first 8 chapters are lists of names! But I determined to carry on reading – there are interesting passages about King Saul and King David and then more lists of names – like David’s mighty men of Valor! As I prayed and continued reading the Lord caused me to “see” phrases that touch my heart still; “helped David with an undivided heart” “perfect heart” “of one mind” “joy indeed in Israel”
As I continued to read and pray I came to chapter 16. Stop for a moment and read this amazing chapter. King David knew how to worship God. He appointed singers, writers, musicians to help the people worship. He led his people in worship! As you read 1 Chronicles 16 you will feel like you are reading the Psalms – and you are! The writers of the worship in chapter 16 are some of the same who wrote many of the Psalms. I would love to have been there, wouldn’t you?
Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples,
Sing to Him, sing praises to him; Speak of all His wonders.
Glory in His holy name; Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad.
Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually. (8-11)
Well, more chapters of details and names follow this wonderful worship chapter, but don’t give up. This book ends with a prayer that will change your life – worth praying again and again. Check it out! And keep reading God’s Word this summer!