1 Chronicles 29 - David's Song of Praise

You can listen and sing along to David's 1Chronicles 29:

David's Song of Praise

Praise be to You, LORD,
the God of our teacher Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Yours, LORD, is the greatness
and the power and the glory
and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is Yours.
Yours, LORD, is the kingdom;
You are exalted as head over all.
Wealth and honor come from You;
You are the ruler of all things.
In Your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
Now, our God, we give You thanks,
and praise Your glorious Name.
(1Chronicles 29:10-13)

Here is the setting:

King David is speaking to an assembly, later in his life, when his son Solomon was present. David has conquered Jerusalem and has established the Jerusalem Temple. He is now adorning the Temple with gold, silver, bronze and precious stones. As he speaks of this task ahead to decorate the Temple, David speaks of his commitment to God, and thanks his soldiers for their commitment to him.

Prior to the prayer, 1 Chronicles 29:10 begins with:
David praised the LORD in the presence of the whole assembly, saying...

Indeed, Israel displayed great devotion to the Supreme Being, and King David follows this tradition with this prayer.

The bottom line is that David's intimate connection and love for the Supreme Being recognizes the omnipotence of God. He considers the Supreme Being to be the Source and Origin of all, and the Giver of strength and honor.

David was being honored by this assembly. Surely he could have bathed in that adoration and honor towards him by the people of the assembly. To the contrary, David utilizes this assembly to praise and honor the Supreme Being.

David's prayer verses are from the New International Version of the Bible. There is one exception, however. The word "teacher" in "our teacher Israel" was derived from Gesenius's Lexicon of the Hebrew word, אָב (ʼâb). Indeed, this word can mean "father" when spoken in the context of a physical family. But it has other meanings as well.

We know that David was not the son of Israel. He was one of eight sons of Jesse of Bethlehem. This means that David's honoring Israel was not about Israel being his father.

From the lexicon, we find that the word can also mean "master" or "teacher." Because Israel was no longer present on the earth when David stated this prayer, we can conclude that David considered Israel his teacher, even "master teacher."

Truly, he is considering Israel to be his teacher, just as many did who followed in Israel's (Jacob's) spiritual footsteps.