“Then on that day David delivered first this psalm to thank the LORD into the hand of Asaph and his brethren.” I Chronicles 16:7.
It was a great day for Israel. The Ark of the Covenant which had been taken from their midst many years before was finally returned and set in its place in the tent that David had prepared for it. As the people gathered to rejoice, many offerings were made to the Lord. One of the first things that David did was appoint a group of Levites to give praise and make music before the Lord. David gave their leader, Asaph, a new song to sing.
Verses 8 to 36 in this chapter tell about the goodness of God and how He had been with His people. The theme can be summed up in verse 34 – “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.” We find these words also written in the Book of Psalms, Chapter 105 and 106.
I am a Southern Gospel Music fan and over the past few years I have been privileged to attend several concerts by my favourite groups. It was something that I looked forward to each year. This past year has been different, as most of these groups have had their concerts cancelled. I am thankful that they have found other ways to get their music to us via social media and other means. It is not quite the same as being in a live setting, but at least we get to hear them sing.
For many of us who have not been able to attend church for the last few months, it is great to have services streamed, and listen to others sing. I have tried singing along at home, but it is certainly not the same as being in a live service and lifting our voices in praise and worship to the Lord. But even if we cannot sing together as we were accustomed to, we can still have a song in our heart.
“And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.” Psalm 40:3
I am sure we are all praying that our situation will change, and we will be able to gather in our church buildings and worship the Lord in song and praise. But until that happens, thank the Lord we can have a new song in our heart. Every day we can praise and worship Him, even if we are alone, knowing that He is good, and His mercy endures forever. I find throughout each day, that the words of familiar choruses and hymns keep running through my mind, and I lift my heart in praise.
Prayer: Jesus I thank you for the new song you have put in my heart, that will endure despite the circumstances we face each day.
Devotion by Anne Johnston