1 Chronicles 16* The solemnity with which the ark was fixed. (1-6) David'spsalm of praise. (7-36) Setting in order the worship of God.(37-43)1-6 Though God's word and ordinances may be clouded andeclipsed for a time, they shall shine out of obscurity. This wasbut a tent, a humble dwelling, yet this was the tabernacle whichDavid, in his psalms, often speaks of with so much affection.David showed himself generous to his subjects, as he had foundGod gracious to him. Those whose hearts are enlarged with holyjoy, should show it by being open-handed. 7-36 Let God be glorified in our praises. Let others be edifiedand taught, that strangers to him may be led to adore him. Letus ourselves triumph and trust in God. Those that give glory toGod's name are allowed to glory in it. Let the everlastingcovenant be the great matter of our joy his people of old, beremembered by us with thankfulness to him. Show forth from dayto day his salvation, his promised salvation by Christ. We havereason to celebrate that from day to day; for we daily receivethe benefit, and it is a subject that can never be exhausted. Inthe midst of praises, we must not forget to pray for theservants of God in distress. 37-43 The worship of God ought to be the work of every day.David put it into order. At Jerusalem, where the ark was, Asaphand his brethren were to minister before the ark continually,with songs of praise. No sacrifices were offered there, norincense burnt, because the altars were not there; but David'sprayers were directed as incense, and the lifting up of hishands as the evening sacrifice. So early did spiritual worshiptake place of ceremonial. Yet the ceremonial worship, being ofDivine institution, must by no means be omitted; therefore atGibeon, at the altars, the priests attended; for their work wasto sacrifice and burn incense; and that they did continually,morning and evening, according to the law of Moses. As theceremonies were types of the mediation of Christ, the observanceof them was of great consequence. The attendance of hisappointed ministers is right in itself, and encourages thepeople.
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