Psalms 96:1-13; 2 Chronicles 3:1-17
Key verse: Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. (Psalms 96:7)
The background of Psalms 96 probably could be traced back to 1 Chronicles 15-16, when David brought the Ark back to Jerusalem, as similar verses found from 1 Chronicles 16:23-33. It is a public worship psalm for praises and celebration. It involves all the people of God:
Singing praises to Him
Testifying His greatness/goodness
Offering to Him
Rejoicing in Him
Expecting His return
The first recorded occasion of Psalms 96 was full of joy and splendor. After that, it might be sung many times in public throughout the history of Israel as the Israelites contemplated their circumstances of being scattered and gathered multiple times versus this remote glorious moment.
This very psalm could also have been sung at our church or many worship events during our walks with God.
May we all have a renewed heart and cherish every moment of our lives for honoring and worshiping Him.
2 Chronicles 3:1-17
2 Chronicles 3-5 could be read together with 1 Kings 6-8, as both documented the beginning of building the temple and the glory of the Lord filled the temple during dedication.
2 Chronicles 3 has the record of its ground breaking event:
Designated place (v1)
Designated time (v2)
Designated plan in specifics (v3-17)
Very detailed and very seriously the work of the temple started. As we reflect, it pointed to God’s plan of salvation, the work of Jesus, which is very detailed and seriously fulfilled.
While we are progressing into the New Testament, these scriptures of sacred places, days, rituals, and detailed instructions of the temple still teach us and help us to understand that He is Holy (and we should be too). We should also be reminded that now that we have the High Priest pleading for us, the conversation between Jesus and Samaritan woman (John 4:21-24) becomes so relevant to us as we are trying to identify the center of our faith:
“Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
Lord, our hearts tremble for Thy greatness and holiness, help us to understand Thy Word and let it dwell in us as truth without the veil. Make the place of Thy feet glorious, and then shall our hearts truly be transformed into worshiping and loving ones that please you. In the name of Christ Jesus we pray, Amen. —- Ivy Lin