There are times that we can’t help but sing, times when joy overflows our hearts and escapes from our lips, times when God’s goodness and glory are overwhelmingly clear to us. David and the people of Israel found themselves at such a moment in 1 Chronicles 16. The ark of the covenant had arrived in Jerusalem, and David called the people to sing together this song of thanksgiving:
Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name;
Let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
Seek the LORD and his strength;
seek his presence continually!
Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
his miracles and the judgments he uttered,
O offspring of Israel his servant, children of Jacob, his chosen ones!1 Chronicles 16:8-13
I don’t know whether or not you feel like singing today. The truth is that some days we do not, but this song reminds us of some important truths about praise regardless of our circumstances. First, God is worthy of praise because of who He is, what He has done, and the words He has spoken. He is unchanging, and His plans are unbroken. God rescues, redeems, and sustains His people. God is worthy of our praise. Second, God uses our praise to shape our hearts. Verse 10 says, “Let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!” This is a request in the midst of this song of praise that God would turn the hearts of those singing toward rejoicing. It’s a recognition that singing God’s praises actually shapes our hearts for praise, lifting our eyes from the weight of our circumstances to the strength of the God who never leaves us or forsakes us. Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! There is someone in your life today who needs to be reminded who God is and what He has done, and it just might be you.