The solemnity with which the ark was fixed. (1-6) David's
psalm of praise. (7-36) Setting in order the worship of God.
Though God's word and ordinances may be clouded and
eclipsed for a time, they shall shine out of obscurity. This was
but a tent, a humble dwelling, yet this was the tabernacle which
David, in his psalms, often speaks of with so much affection.
David showed himself generous to his subjects, as he had found
God gracious to him. Those whose hearts are enlarged with holy
joy, should show it by being open-handed.
Let God be glorified in our praises. Let others be edified
and taught, that strangers to him may be led to adore him. Let
us ourselves triumph and trust in God. Those that give glory to
God's name are allowed to glory in it. Let the everlasting
covenant be the great matter of our joy his people of old, be
remembered by us with thankfulness to him. Show forth from day
to day his salvation, his promised salvation by Christ. We have
reason to celebrate that from day to day; for we daily receive
the benefit, and it is a subject that can never be exhausted. In
the midst of praises, we must not forget to pray for the
servants of God in distress.
The worship of God ought to be the work of every day.
David put it into order. At Jerusalem, where the ark was, Asaph
and his brethren were to minister before the ark continually,
with songs of praise. No sacrifices were offered there, nor
incense burnt, because the altars were not there; but David's
prayers were directed as incense, and the lifting up of his
hands as the evening sacrifice. So early did spiritual worship
take place of ceremonial. Yet the ceremonial worship, being of
Divine institution, must by no means be omitted; therefore at
Gibeon, at the altars, the priests attended; for their work was
to sacrifice and burn incense; and that they did continually,
morning and evening, according to the law of Moses. As the
ceremonies were types of the mediation of Christ, the observance
of them was of great consequence. The attendance of his
appointed ministers is right in itself, and encourages the