What I read today;
Revelation 9-10; Acts 22; Jeremiah 18; Psalm 84; 1 Chronicles 16-17; Exodus 40
We like to celebrate victories. When a sports team wins a championship, their home city usually throws a parade, and the streets are lined with fans of the team. When an election is over, we have parties where the winners celebrate their victories. After the gulf war in 1991, there were ticker tape parades in downtown New York to celebrate the victory.
David had finally brought the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem. His kingdom was now secure, and all was well with the world. Israel was at peace and under one king.
What did David do? He danced before the Lord. David gave praise to God. He didn’t talk about all of David’s accomplishments. Instead, he gave God all the glory. That’s why he would tell Israel to do this 1 Chronicles 16 vs. 8-12:
“O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples. Sing to him, sing praises to him, tell of all his wonderful works. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his presence continually. Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered, O offspring of his servant Israel, children of Jacob, his chosen ones.”
This is what made David a man after God’s own heart. David didn’t choose to reflect on his own great accomplishments. He chose to thank and praise God for all his blessings.