Wednesday Word 11.07.2018
1 Chronicles 16:1-6 New International Version
16 They brought the ark of God and set it inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and they presented burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before God. 2 After David had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord. 3 Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins to each Israelite man and woman. 4 He appointed some of the Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord, to extol, thank, and praise the Lord, the God of Israel: 5 Asaph was the chief, and next to him in rank were Zechariah, then Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-Edom and Jeiel. They were to play the lyres and harps, Asaph was to sound the cymbals, 6 and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests were to blow the trumpets regularly before the ark of the covenant of God.
David saw to it that every man and woman was treated to a loaf of bread and cakes of dates and raisins to celebrate the arrival of the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. What a bakery bill that would have been! Dried fruits were mixed with other preserving agents and compressed into blocks. You can imagine the preparations necessary for a celebration of this magnitude. But it was the order of these events that struck me.
David prepared a place for the Ark to be venerated. In the previous chapter, he instructs the Levites to complete the prescribed rituals to make themselves ready to once again attend to their priestly calling. They had to prepare for their musical tributes. And the very first thing to be done when the Ark arrived? Worship. Offerings to the Lord. That came first. Only then did David extend the gifts to the people.
This is a valuable lesson for us. Jesus clearly told Peter in the Book of John, in the 21st Chapter, to care for his “sheep.” That is our assignment as well. But everything we do should rightly begin with the worship and celebration of the glory of the Lord. We should make sure that we are centered on that foundation before we embark on any other task. In that way we can be grounded in gratitude and humility. It is God’s party. We just get the joyful privilege of attending…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki