The importance of Praise … by Rebekah Rice

Today’s Reading – 1 Chronicles 16 – 18 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers Read – John 15 – 16Psalms 56 – 60Proverbs 12)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Psalm 51

Read the “0512 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Read previous posts from this passage – “Check With God First;” and “Taking Time to Rejoice.”

“Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.” (1 Chronicles 16:9-10)

How many times I sat down to read the entirety of these three chapters but was instead left in complete awe at chapter 16 had to have been more times than I care to count. Although I did get to chapters 17 and 18 as well, and they only served to enrichen it even more. How passionately these chapters demonstrate the subject of praise and the goodness of God is enough to write a book on, but I’ll spare you the time and keep it concise.

I’ve been reading through Psalms separately from this, and I find it as no coincidence that this chapter coincided perfectly with the Psalms I read this week. Psalm 96 is parallel to 1 Chronicle 16:23-36 and it is the Psalm that David writes to praise and thank God for their victory in war and the retrieving of the ark that symbolizes God’s presence with them. It’s also the Psalm that brought revival to my spirit last year, when my walk with God began to feel dry and it seemed like I had forgotten how to praise. It served as a powerful reminder that God really was always with me, which in and of itself is always a reason to praise Him.

The difference between praising God in your personal walk, in comparison to the way that David praised God in the Old Testament, is that ours is a spiritual war while David was fighting literal wars. David praised in an elaborate and awesome way for an earthly victory, but God won when He died on the cross and that is the ultimate victory that we should celebrate through our praise today. That has unfortunately almost become a cliche statement, but it should never become routine. Praise is an intentional acknowledgment of God’s victory over our lives.

Chapter 17 and 18 are a great ending to the vignette of the story as it shows David’s promises from God, and his victories as the king, both of which I’m confident are direct results of His praise to God. Praise and victory go hand in hand, so to have victory in your walk with God, start by simply praising Him.

Rebekah Rice

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