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Five things David did that made all the difference

"he appointed some of the Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord, to commemorate, to thank, and to praise the Lord God of Israel..." ~1 Chronicles 16:4

David, the shepherd-turned-king, is the primary writer of the book of Psalms. Even before he ever did anything publicly amazing, the Lord saw him and said, “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will fulfill My entire will.” (Acts 13:22) Before David was anything important, he was already ready worshipping the Lord and, in fact, it was his worship that grabbed God’s attention and made him important. David was a man that the Lord knew would “fulfill My entire will.” He was a man who could be trusted to hear and obey. He was a man well acquainted with and connected to the Lord and worship was that point of connection!

What David did made all the difference: He worshipped. David couldn’t not worship! He couldn’t help himself in all areas of life, in all seasons and for all reasons, David worshipped. But it went beyond that. David inspired everyone else around him to worship as well! David led the way and lived by example and he orchestrated people to worship the Lord with him. What a wonderful inspiration you and I can be in the same way!

Before David was anything important, he was already ready worshipping the Lord and, in fact, it was his worship that grabbed God’s attention and made him important.

Read this passage of Scripture from 1 Chronicles 16: So they brought in the ark of God, placed it in the midst of the tent that David had erected for it, and drew near to God with burnt offerings and peace offerings. When David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LordThen he distributed to all the children of Israel, both men and women, a loaf of bread, a piece of meat, and a raisin cake for each. And he appointed some of the Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord, to commemorate, to thank, and to praise the Lord God of Israel…the priests sounded trumpets continually before the ark of the covenant of God. On that day then, David delivered for the first time this psalm of thanksgiving to the Lord into the hand of Asaph and his brothers…”

Here are 5 things David did that made all the difference:

  1. He made a place for God
  2. He drew near to the Lord with thanks offerings
  3. He blessed others
  4. He led others in ministering to the Lord continually
  5. He sang a new song

Remember this: The wonderful things David did for the Lord when he was the king  on the throne in front of thousands were no different than what he had already been doing as a shepherd boy in the fields alone! He elevated the Lord and the Lord elevated him!

Thought for today

David’s emphasis on worshipping the Lord – above all else he ever did – was what set him apart in the Lord’s eyes. His lifestyle of worship changed everything for him. Did it take time? Yes. Did he still have to fight? Yes. Did he still struggle with sin? Yes. Did the Lord set him and his family apart for all eternity and place them right in the middle of the lineage of Jesus Christ? YES! If you want what David had, you must do as David did. Make a place for God, a set apart place where the Lord’s presence can remain in you. Offer the sacrifices of thanksgiving – you, your flesh, yourself, your inhibitions – and worship! Bless those around you as an outflow of your worship, share with them from the abundance of your heart and testimony. Lead others in worship by your example and sing a new song to the Lord! People may watch you worship and maybe that makes you self-conscious, but remember this: God is watching too.

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