Last night, we had a 1 Chronicles 16:9 night at church. It was amazing. What does that mean? Well, my Bible reading this morning included 1 Chronicles 16. As I read verses 8-12, it dawned on me that this is what we had last night at church. We moved our mid-week service to Tuesday this week so that we could host a college tour group. We had a great turnout! So let’s look at 1 Chronicles 16:8-12 and see how it relates to our church service.
“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. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually. Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth.”
From the first our folks realized they had much to be thankful for. Our little church was going to have a great time giving God the glory He deserves. “Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name.” “Glory ye in his holy name.” When we started the service, our people just sang. We aren’t the biggest church – actually, we are numerically small, but our folks sang out with huge hearts for Jesus. “Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him.” “Let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.”
All of that, and preaching, too. Our guest speaker gave us a great message on the fact that God gives us a second chance, and that we have a privilege, a right, and a responsibility, to take the opportunity to live in a manner that honors the Lord. “Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually. Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth.”
We were singing about, talking about, preaching about, the marvelous works of God, so I asked all the folks there who had been reached through the ministry of New Life Baptist Church to stand. I hadn’t thought about it when I did that, but watched in awe as more than two-thirds (2/3) of the folks stood up. I began weeping when I saw what God had wrought. “Talk ye of all his wondrous works.” “Remember his marvellous works that he hath done.”
I wept. I rejoiced. I praised God. I sang His praises. We all did. God gets all the glory for His marvelous, wondrous works. It was a 1 Chronicles 16:9 night.