CELEBRATION II

David brought the ark to Jerusalem, and prepares for its service.  The people sacrifice to God, and David offers gifts to the people. 

So they brought the ark of God, and set it in the midst of the tent that David had pitched for it: and they offered burnt sacrifices and peace offerings before God.  And when David had made an end of offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD.  And he dealt to every one of Israel, both man and woman, to every one a loaf of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine.  And he appointed certain of the Levites to minister before the ark of the LORD, and to record, and to thank and praise the LORD God of Israel:  Asaph the chief, and next to him Zechariah, Jeiel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Mattithiah, and Eliab, and Benaiah, and Obededom: and Jeiel with psalteries and with harps; but Asaph made a sound with cymbals;  Benaiah also and Jahaziel the priests with trumpets continually before the ark of the covenant of God.  Then on that day David delivered first this psalm to thank the LORD into the hand of Asaph and his brethren. 1 Chronicles 16:1-7

David appoints musicians for the celebration, and then offers his own song.  The music of Israel is lively, and David celebrates life with God.  Even today music is integral to worship among the faithful of Israel.

Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.  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.  Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.  Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;  O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones.  He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth.  Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations;  Even of the covenant which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac;  And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant,  Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance;  When ye were but few, even a few, and strangers in it.  And when they went from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another people;  He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes,  Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.  Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation.  Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations.  For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods.  For all the gods of the people are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.  Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place.  Give unto the LORD, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.  Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.  Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.  Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth.  Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein.  Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the LORD, because he cometh to judge the earth.  O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.  And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.  Blessed be the LORD God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the LORD.  1 Chronicles 16:8-36

Remember his marvelous works; all of them.  Don’t just remember the ones which are written of as history, but those ongoing today.  Remember the wonders God has done in our day with our people.  My wife and her family shared many miracles from their walk with God.  The churches before us had demonstrated the power of faith.  I have been moved by the Holy Spirit, miraculously healed, and warned by premonitions.  Many pastors have spoken messages that answered the very questions that hindered my daily life during that week.  Scripture reading has been a light to meet needs as every day unfolds.  My life lessons illuminate the stories of the bible to me as an ongoing living lesson, not dead history.

God has changed the lives of moonshiners, criminals, and liars.  Amazingly he can even humble the proud, who have been unaware of their spiritual poverty.  He wants us to sing and praise the one name by which men can be saved.  He wants them to know the name of their only hope; Jesus, or Yeshua, however you pronounce it.  Peter told Jews about this many centuries later to explain a miracle they had witnessed:

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,  If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole;  Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.  This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.  Acts 4:8-12 

David was aware of the coming messiah as are Jews today.  The discussion of prophetic interpretation that points us to Jesus or Yeshua is still ongoing.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_and_Messianic_prophecy#cite_note-19   

I find that some points may be valid for the Jewish challenges to some of the Christian views on specific passages.  But I am unable to challenge my personal encounter with the Holy Spirit in my life experiences.  For skeptics there must remain some haunting hint in the coincidence of these passages of the Old Testament that seem to suggest a type or shadow of  Messiah similar to the life of Jesus:

For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. Psalm 22:16

 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.  Zechariah 12:10

Zechariah is quoting God, as if man had pierced God even as man did pierce Jesus at the cross.  What really matters is that Zechariah promises that God intends to restore Israel, no matter who you think Messiah is.  To oppose God in that declared plan is dangerous.  The bulk of these beliefs are common to a large part of the community of faith; there is testimony favoring the general plan of God. 

Consider the Song of Solomon, which is not discussed in many prophetic debates.  What a coincidence is there to see a king leave his throne in a common disguise to find his love?  And this bride is tending the vineyards neglected by her brethren as the faithful serve the labor of the church?  And a dream like sequence that previews a tribulation that comes if she fails to answer her lovers knock at the door?  The people of ancient Israel had a clear vision of Messiah, and knew the joy of restoration.  When the ark came, it was their symbol of salvation that came with real power.  David had peace and hope.

So he left there before the ark of the covenant of the LORD Asaph and his brethren, to minister before the ark continually, as every day’s work required:  And Obededom with their brethren, threescore and eight; Obededom also the son of Jeduthun and Hosah to be porters:  And Zadok the priest, and his brethren the priests, before the tabernacle of the LORD in the high place that was at Gibeon,  To offer burnt offerings unto the LORD upon the altar of the burnt offering continually morning and evening, and to do according to all that is written in the law of the LORD, which he commanded Israel;  And with them Heman and Jeduthun, and the rest that were chosen, who were expressed by name, to give thanks to the LORD, because his mercy endureth for ever;  And with them Heman and Jeduthun with trumpets and cymbals for those that should make a sound, and with musical instruments of God. And the sons of Jeduthun were porters.  And all the people departed every man to his house: and David returned to bless his house.  1 Chronicles 16:37-43

I am glad to see that Heman is honored too, because a real He-man is not ashamed to sing about God and Yeshua Jesus.

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