Text: “Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon His Name, make known His deeds among the people. Sing unto Him, sing Psalms unto Him, talk ye of all His wondrous works.
1 Chronicles 16:8-9.
Good morning, rejoicing Christian! In times of obvious Divine blessings, you rejoice in the Lord God. In times of increased opposition, you rejoice in the Lord God. In times of personal or family illness, you continue to praise and sing to our Great Jehovah God. Even in times of profound adversity, you are still unable to desist from rejoicing in the Living Lord God Who has saved you from your sin and adopted you and I into His Eternal family. Hallelujah! ‘…Sing Psalms unto Him, talk ye of all His wondrous works.” Amen. So be it, Lord God! Glory and praise to Thy Holy and gracious Name!
These first four verses of this great Psalm, and the Divinely inspired truth that they hold, should be a cause for great rejoicing for those whom the Lord God has redeemed by the precious Blood of His dear Son, Jesus Christ.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, Rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4)
The same verses hold no licence for the unrighteous to rejoice, for the instruction is crystal clear - ‘Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous…’ Only those made righteous in Christ Jesus through the election to Salvation of God the Father in Eternity; through the new birth; through the Spiritual quickening by God the Holy Ghost; only these have a cause to rejoice with such profound rejoicing of the soul. Glory to the Lord!
All others are yet under the Curse of God, under the wrath of God against sin; with only the prospects of a Christ-rejecter’s Hell awaiting to swallow their souls in its doom. ‘Lord God, please quicken the souls of all Thine elect, and secure them in Christ Jesus! Amen.’ Sinner, repent! The days of God’s grace are soon to end!
Verse 1. “Rejoice in the Lord. To rejoice in temporal comforts is dangerous, to rejoice in self is foolish, to rejoice in sin is fatal, but to rejoice in God is Heavenly. He who would have a double Heaven must begin below to rejoice like those Above.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 161)
Verse 1. “…Praise is comely for the upright.” The logical assumption one must come to here is that praise must not be comely, gracious, pleasing, for souls that are not upright! To be ‘upright means to be habitually honourable or righteous; honest; just (or justified). Only those of us that are justified by faith in Jesus Christ, and in His perfect and Holy sacrifice for our sins, can attain such an ‘upright’ standing before a Thrice Holy Lord God.
Therefore, true and legitimate praise and rejoicing can only be undertaken by those for whom Christ suffered and died at Calvary’s Cross. Being adopted into God’s family through trust/faith in the sinless Christ and His sinless Sacrifice on the Cross, we have legitimate cause to rejoice and to sing praises unto our gracious Lord God. (Romans 5:1)
“Rejoice not in yourselves, for that is not safe, but in the Lord.” (Augustine 354-430AD)
Verse 2. “Praise the Lord with harp; sing unto Him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.”
“The Hebrew verb, according to the etymologists, originally means to dance for joy, and is therefore a very strong expression for the liveliest exultation.” (J. A. Alexander 1809-1850)
“Praise is not comely for any but the godly. A profane man stuck with God’s praise is like a dunghill stuck with flowers. Praise in the mouth of a sinner is like an oracle in the mouth of a fool; how uncomely is it for him to praise God, whose whole life is a dishonouring of God?” (Thomas Watson - 1690)
Christians who would truly rejoice and praise God, must do so from sanctified lips! The Lord God detests the sin of hypocrisy! Keep short accounts of sin!
Verse 3. “Sing unto Him. Singing is the music of saints. 1. They have performed this duty in their greatest numbers (Psalm 147:1-2). 2. In their greatest straits (Isaiah 26:19). 3. In their greatest flight (Isaiah 42:10-11). 4. In their greatest deliverances. 5. In their greatest plenty’s (Isaiah 65:14). (John Wells (1676) in Morning Exercises.)
Verse 3. “Play skillfully. It is wretched to hear God praised in a slovenly manner. He deserves the best that we have.”
“With a loud noise. Heartiness should be conspicuous in Divine worship. Well-bred whisperers are disreputable here. It is not that the Lord cannot hear us, but that it is natural for great exultation to express itself in the loudest manner. Men shout at the sight of their kings: shall we offer no loud hosannas to the Son of David?” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 162)
Verse 4. “For the Word of the Lord is right, all His works are done in truth. God writes with a pen that never blots, speaks with a tongue that never slips, acts with a hand that never fails. Bless His Name!” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 162)
Thought: Christian rejoicing is a gift from God - let us exercise it continually.