He appointed some of the Levites to minister before the ark of the LORD, to make petition, to give thanks, and to praise the LORD, the God of Israel (1 Chronicles 16:4).
King David knew that prayer and worship was hugely important for the spiritual health of his nation. So he made sure that some of the Levites were assigned by name to the specific duty of giving thanks to the Lord. Worship and praise of the Lord was so significant that David composed a psalm of thanksgiving and committed it to the Levites to use in their worship. The Law of Moses specifically commands that fellowship offerings in the form of yeastless bread may be given as an expression of thanks. But David specifically taught the Levites to worship the Lord through song, trumpets, cymbals and other musical instruments.
Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name, make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and his strength; seek His face always. (1 Chron 16:8-11).
In each person’s life, there is a wonderful joy and time of refreshing when we take our eyes off of ourselves and our problems and call upon the Lord and worship Him with thankful hearts. His joy truly is our strength. As we look to Him we are transformed. A person who worships God in spirit and in truth truly knows the deep spiritual riches God intends for us. In the same way, there is an awesome health and joy in a church that worships, or a nation that truly worships the Lord.
Lord Jesus, transform me into Your image. Help me to have a heart after You like David did. Let me worship You in spirit and in truth more often each day. Help me to take captive selfish and grumbling thoughts and make them obedient to You by turning to You in thanksgiving and worship.