Consolation Series - Part 14 - David's Song of Thanksgiving
Call on his name.
Make what he has done known among the peoples.
Sing to him.
Sing praises to him.
Tell of all his marvelous works.
Glory in his holy name.
Let the heart of those who seek Yahweh rejoice.
Seek Yahweh and his strength.
Seek his face forever more.
Remember his marvelous works that he has done,
his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth,
you offspring of Israel his servant,
you children of Jacob, his chosen ones.
He is Yahweh our God.
His judgments are in all the earth.
Remember his covenant forever,
the word which he commanded to a thousand generations,
the covenant which he made with Abraham,
his oath to Isaac.
He confirmed it to Jacob for a statute,
and to Israel for an everlasting covenant,
saying, “I will give you the land of Canaan,
The lot of your inheritance,”
when you were but a few men in number,
yes, very few.
They went about from nation to nation,
from one kingdom to another people.
He allowed no man to do them wrong.
Yes, he reproved kings for their sakes,
“Don’t touch my anointed ones!
Do my prophets no harm!”
Sing to Yahweh, all the earth!
Display his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
and his marvelous works among all the peoples.
For great is Yahweh, and greatly to be praised.
He also is to be revered above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
but Yahweh made the heavens.
Honor and majesty are before him.
Strength and gladness are in his place.
Ascribe to Yahweh, you relatives of the peoples,
ascribe to Yahweh glory and strength!
Ascribe to Yahweh the glory due to his name.
Bring an offering, and come before him.
Worship Yahweh in holy array.
Tremble before him, all the earth.
The world also is established that it can’t be moved.
Let the heavens be glad,
and let the earth rejoice!
Let them say among the nations, “Yahweh reigns!”
Let the sea roar, and its fullness!
Let the field exult, and all that is in it!
Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before Yahweh,
for he comes to judge the earth.
Oh, give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good,
for his loving kindness endures forever.
Say, “Save us, God of our salvation!
Gather us together and deliver us from the nations,
to give thanks to your holy name,
to triumph in your praise.”
Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Israel,
from everlasting even to everlasting.
1 Chronicles 16:8-38
David undoubtedly had not forgotten the intense grief he suffered in his lifetime, including the death of his beloved son, when he sang this song of thanksgiving to God. So what was he so immensely thankful for? I suspect David had an overwhelming feeling of being beloved and having enjoyed the Presence of God throughout his life, with all its ups and downs, exuberant victories and crushing defeats.