• William T. Howe Ph.D.

May 6, 2021

Daily Reading: I Chronicles 15-17

I Chronicles 16:8 Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.

The above statement is the first in David's first Psalm. Well, we don't know if it is the first psalm he wrote, but it is the first one that he gave to be sung upon the occasion of the ark of God being brought to Jerusalem. The opening phrase of the psalm sets the tone. It is a psalm of praise, of thanksgiving, of adulation, and adoration. In it there is that which breathes spirit and encouragement to all who practice its teaching.

Give thanks unto the Lord. This is the will of God for every person, at every time, and in everything. I Thessalonians 5:18 proves it; In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. It was probably easy to give thanks to the Lord on the day and occasion that David delivered this psalm. But what about the bad days, the days of sickness, pain, misunderstandings, disappointments, or heartache? Sing the psalm of thanksgiving then remembering that not all things are good, but...And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28) This is you, you that love God, you that are called (every one of you) according to His purpose. Part of His purpose is bringing others to Himself; He does this through His people, especially His people that publicly give thanks unto Him.

Call upon His name. The name that we use today is Jesus. He is the Lord. He is the Christ. He is the Savior. He is Jesus. The song says it like this; "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, there's just something about that name, Master, Savior, Jesus; like the fragrance after the rain. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, let all heaven and earth proclaim, kings and kingdoms will all pass away, but there's just something about that name." Calling upon the name of the Lord started all the way back in Genesis during the days of Enos. Isaiah invited others to call upon His name, in the dungeon Jeremiah called upon His name, and in Romans 10:13; we read this...For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Yes, call upon His name today and every day thereafter. Once for salvation and many times for help, sustenance, provision, protection, and so much more.

Make known His deeds among the people. In song and also in speech. How long has it been since you simply shared with another person His deeds in your life? Frankly, many times I fail to do this, for many times people do not believe all I tell them. I've learned though, it is not their belief in what I tell them that matters, it matters that I tell them. How will those who know not Christ be introduced to Him unless those that know Him, tell them of Him? Let not rolling eyes, or shrugged shoulders, or mockery stop you from broadcasting to all people His deeds in your life. Yet, also, His deeds among them. He is giving them fresh air to breathe, He is sending rain in its due season, He is causing the plants to grow for food, medicine, and beauty for the eyes to behold. He tells the sun to come up in the east, set in the west, in a circuit as a strong man running a race. He upholds the seen, and unseen, laws of the universe with the power of His Word. Yes, He is doing great deeds among the people, but all too often they do not see them because we do not tell them.

The above verse does not only set the tone for a psalm it sets the tone for life. The life of a believer.

Until tomorrow, sing your song for Christ today.

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