1 Chronicles 16: Thankful for the Ark

(43 verses, 4:57 to read)


What I am about to READ

  • King David celebrates the bringing of the Ark into Jerusalem, and orders the singing of God’s praise.


  • David’s (or Asaph’s) hymn of praise is pieced together from a number of Psalms, or, perhaps, these Psalms are taken apart from this hymn.
    • 16:8-22 is Psalm 105:1-15
    • 16:22-33 is Psalm 96:1-13
    • 16:34-36 is Psalm 106:1
  • The first portion on the Psalm (8-34) is of thanksgiving to God who rescues His people and delivers them from all dangers. The short conclusion of the Psalm is a petition to the Lord that He would deliver us and keep us in His mercy (35-36).
  • 16:37-42 discusses David’s arrangements of the worship of God, especially since the ark and the tabernacle are separated from each other, the ark in Jerusalem and the tabernacle in Gibeon.


  • 16:29 says, “Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.” Unlike the idols of the nations, the true God is holy. This is dangerous for sinners. God’s holiness has no place for sin. But our God is good and gracious, even sending His own Son to shed His blood to give us His holiness and perfection and righteousness in the forgiveness of our sins. So we worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness when we hear His Word, believe His promises, and rejoice in His gifts of love and mercy and peace. Amen.

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Lord’s Blessings,
Pr Bryan Wolfmueller
Hope Lutheran Church, Aurora, CO



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