1 Chronicles 16:1-7

A Tent for the Ark

16 And they brought in the ark of God and placed it inside the tent which David had pitched for it, and they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God. When David had finished offering the burnt offering and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord. He distributed to everyone of Israel, both man and woman, to everyone a loaf of bread and a portion of meat and a raisin cake.

He appointed some of the Levites as ministers before the ark of the Lord, even to celebrate and to thank and praise the Lord God of Israel: Asaph the chief, and second to him Zechariah, then [a]Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-edom and Jeiel, with musical instruments, harps, lyres; also Asaph played loud-sounding cymbals, and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests blew trumpets continually before the ark of the covenant of God.

Then on that day David first assigned [b]Asaph and his [c]relatives to give thanks to the Lord.

Giving thanks to God was a big deal for David, as was worship through song. But there is one more tidbit nestled in among all the music, thanksgiving, and sacrifices that might be overlooked. When David had finished thanking God, he gave gifts to all of Israel.

When God blesses us, we rightly give him thanks and praise, but a big part of why God blesses us is so that we pass it on and bless others. Giving is part of His nature, and He desires (and designed) it to be part of our nature also. We are further blessed when we give, so do it with a cheerful heart!

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