David was Israel’s beloved singer of songs. His ability to put his heart of worship in words and on paper have inspired billions. He was a forerunner of the New testament style of worship long before others even understood that the spiritual sacrifices of praise, worship and thanksgiving would replace the continuous bloodletting the law required.
He wrote in Psalm 141verse 2;“May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice”
He reached into heaven and understood what would be about a thousand years before Jesus appeared to make it reality. So he has something to teach us about worship and how it shapes our perspective.
David had been given very detailed specifics and plans regarding the temple Solomon was to build. He had paid for its construction and the branch of the Levites he had established were to oversee the worship in that temple. As it came time for the temple to be dedicated David issued a psalm to those who were going to lead the worship. It was an instructional psalm to teach them how to worship made up of pieces of other Psalms he had written. It showed them the manner in which worship was to occur as well as giving them a principle to use.
1 Chronicles 16:7 That day David first appointed Asaph and his associates to give praise to the Lord in this manner:. . . 28 Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength, 29 ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name. Bring an offering and come before him; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.
As New Testament worshippers we would do well to learn the principle David taught and to make it our deliberate habit. He said, ascribe greatness, glory and strength to the Lord. Notice its not whether we feel these attributes or are currently experiencing them, instead we ascribe them to God because no matter how much we think we can ascribe to Him, our imaginations will never get close to His full measure. We ascribe greatness, power, kindness, love, gentleness to Him no matter the circumstances. When we do, we are connected to the billows of heaven which surge hope, faith and confidence back into our hearts and minds.
Describe what is happening in your circumstances, your heart or your mind all you like, but unless we learn the beauty of ascribing greatness to God all our describing will do is lead us to dark and heavy places. Learning to ascribe greatness to God will transform our tough circumstances and place them in proper perspective far beneath the glorious Father that we call on.
Dare to dream a great dream of God and learn to ascribe the greatest, most loving, and kindest motives to Him. You won’t be able to exaggerate any of His goodness, but at least you’ll have made a start in the right direction.