We have an interesting and challenging selection of chapters today. Firstly, we read how David is able to bring the ark of God into the tabernacle he had set up inside Jerusalem, now called the city of David (see 2 Chronicles 5:2). In 1 Chronicles 16 we read a song of thanksgiving David compiles because of this event; these are words that we can use when we come together to worship the Lord. “O give thanks to the LORD, call upon his name … let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice … seek his presence continually” (verses 8,10,11). And that should be our aim, especially in an age of growing evil.
Ezekiel 28 tells how “the word of the LORD came to me … say to the prince of Tyre, Thus says the Lord GOD” (verses 1,2). The leaders of Tyre had been in a favoured position. In 2 Chronicles 2:3,11,14 we read of their involvement in building the Temple, how they worked with David and Solomon (see also 1 Chronicles 14:1). Ezekiel recalls those days when they “were on the holy mountain of God … you were blameless in all your ways” (Ezekiel 28:14,15). But later “you sinned, so I cast you to the ground” says God “as a profane thing from the mountain of God, and I destroyed you … because your heart was proud … you corrupted your wisdom” (verses 16,17).
So, Tyre’s special relationship with God’s people faltered and collapsed. There is a parallel in Galatians. Paul says he is “astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel – not that there is another one but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ” (1:6,7). Paul is blunt because this is a serious matter; he says, “If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one he received, let him be accursed” (verse 9). Sadly it continued to happen. Indeed it became worse in succeeding centuries, with false beliefs being introduced, such as an ‘immortal soul’ or that souls go to heaven or hell; also a belief that Jesus is equal with God (remember 1 Corinthians 15:24-28 and the reign of Christ until all things are put in subjection to God, including Jesus).
Tyre is an example for us, as are the praises of David! The Psalms reveal the wonder of the relationship he developed with God. Let us follow his example and “seek his presence continually”. Reading and thinking deeply about His word every day is an essential part of achieving “his presence continually”.