A True Thanksgiving

“A True Thanksgiving”

I Chronicles 16:1 


I. David returns the Ark

  A) What Ark?

  • We are talking about the Ark of the Covenant.
  • The golden ark in the holy of holies in the tabernacle (Ex. 25:10- 22; Heb. 9:4) .
  • This box contained the ten commandments written on stone (Ex. 25:21; De. 10:3-5).
  • It had a lid called the mercy seat.
  • The ark represents (is a picture of God’s throne, which is now a throne of mercy and grace for those who come through Jesus’ sacrifice (Hebrews. 4:16).
  • The blood sprinkled on the ark each year on the day of atonement (Lev. 16:15-16) typifies Christ’s atonement, whereby the payment for our sins was made. Jesus’ blood perfectly satisfied God’s broken law, just as the mercy seat perfectly covered the ark and the ten commandments contained therein.

B) Where was it?

  • It was in a country town, in the fields of the wood;
  • It had been neglected, as a despised broken vessel;
  • It was in a room in a private house.
  • Before this, Solomon built a temple for it, then later turned his back upon it.

C) Where is it now?

  • Now it was removed to a public place, to the royal city, where all might go to it.
  • In verse 1… we see that David put it in a tent.
  • You say… “A tent?” But this was the tabernacle, the temple which David in his psalms often speaks of with so much affection.
  • It matters not the outside appearance, but rather the inward worship of what is inside.


II. David’s Thanks the Lord

  A) He offered a burnt sacrifice

  • Also in verse 1b of our text we notice…they offered burnt sacrifices and peace offerings before God.
  1. B) He blessed the people
  • Then in verse 2“he blessed the people in the name of the LORD.”
  • How did he bless them? Fed them spiritually! 

B) He fed the people

  • Now look into verse 3… And he dealt (handed out) to every one of Israel, both man and woman, to every one a loaf of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine.
  • Each person received three items…
  1. loaf of bread
  2. a big piece of meat
  3. a bottle of wine
  • This was a thanksgiving dinner!

C) He gave thanks unto the Lord

  • in verse 4… “ to thank and praise the LORD God of Israel:”


III. David Writes a Psalm

  A) Psalm 105

  • Read verse 7… “ ¶ Then on that day David delivered first this psalm to thank the LORD”
  • If you read closely in I Chronicles 16:7-36, is the same Psalm in Psalms 105.


IV. David Gives Advise in this Psalm

  A) to the Israelites… and us.

  • Give thanks unto the Lord in verse 8
  • Sing unto Him in verse 9
  • Glory in Him (be happy in Him)in verse 10…
  • Seek the Lord (Come to his altar) in verse 11…
  • Remember his marvelous works in verse 12…
  • BLESSED BE THE GOD OF ISRAEL in verse 36 … This is the same God that we serve today!