"Then on that day David first appointed that thanksgiving be sung to the LORD by Asaph and his brothers." (1 Chronicles 16:7)
Under the theocratic rule of the Lord, David became a great king. His rule became the standard for Israel’s kings of doing right in ways that pleased the Lord. In First Chronicles we find what may be the first implementation of special music used in worship. David appointed singers, Asaph and his brothers, to sing a thanksgiving song. What maybe more amazing was the importance of worship in the life of a national leader. Not only did David lead God’s people unto national prominence, he also
used his musical talents and complemented the Ceremonial Law with worship in song, liturgy, and music. David formalized Israel’s worship.
Music is a wonderful accompaniment to worship. Music has a way of expressing our sentiments in a manner very different from the spoken word. Just as the collection of Psalms contains a full array of emotional expressions – praise, thanksgiving, joy, pain, and even anger; likewise, our music should express the spirit of our theme in worship. We, too, must endeavor to keep our song service intentional. May we all join into every song service with the heart and spirt of the music.
Have a wonderful thanksgiving. May it be filled with the spirit of gratitude towards our Lord.
--E.C. Malone 11/29/14