Read 1 Chronicles 16
Focus on verse 37
It seems David understood the power of praise. He understood how when we praise the Lord it changes the spiritual atmosphere around us. David likely first learned this when he was alone at night watching his father’s sheep as he sang songs of praise and adoration to God. He learned more about this when he was running for his life from King Saul, hiding in caves and living in the wilderness. So it was entirely in keeping with his character to set up the ark in Jerusalem with Levites and priests to ensure that all the offerings and sacrifices be kept in accordance with God’s law, and that there be a consistent chorus of songs of praise being sung to the Lord by Asaph and his brothers.
It is from this pattern of praise that we have the book of Psalms recorded, which continue to be effective in ministering to those who seek a deeper connection with the Lord. It has consistently amazed me how when I have chosen to praise the Lord, particularly when I am discouraged or oppressed, how it changes my attitude toward my circumstance. What is most interesting is that when my attitude begins to change, my circumstances typically begin to improve as well.