When David brings the Ark of God into the city of Jerusalem there is a great celebration, a lot of singing, a lot of celebration and a lot of dancing. David celebrates the arrival of the Ark, and after sacrifices are made, gifts are given to the people, David makes a decree. For the first time, he decrees that thanks be offered to God. 1 Chronicles 16:8-13, records the words of Asaph and his relatives:
Give thanks to Yahweh; call on His name; proclaim His deeds among the peoples. Sing to Him; sing praise to Him; tell about all His wonderful works! Honor His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek Yahweh rejoice. Search for the LORD and for His strength; seek His face always. Remember the wonderful works He has done, His wonders, and the judgments He has pronounced, you offspring of Israel His servant, Jacob’s descendants—His chosen ones.
When I try to picture what this day must have looked like, I imagine the scene would have looked like VE Day or VJ Day back in 1945. National pride soars, public celebration is everywhere, and people recognize that God had his hand in everything. There is an overwhelming feeling of thanksgiving and joy. For David, and all of Israel, bringing the Ark of God to Jerusalem is a celebration of the greatness of their God. His works: the guidance given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the rescue from slavery in the Exodus; the conquest of the promised land under Joshua; and victory over the enemies of Israel under David their king. It is no wonder David decreed the words above to be written. And just like all of Israel on that glorious day, we too have cause to celebrate. We too have cause to praise God with the words above—for He has given us an even greater victory through Jesus!