Ada Brownell — Thank God He’s Always With Us
This week we’re changing things up a little bit by focusing on reasons to be thankful, and to help us, I invited Ada Brownell to share her take on the season and this whole attitude of gratitude.
“David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing and harps, and with psalteries (stringed instruments), and with timberls (tambourines), with cymbals, and with trumpets.” 1 Chronicles 13:8KJ.
I played a French horn in a high school marching band. I can remember playing Stars and Stripes Forever with all my might while the bass drum and the snares beat out the rhythm for our feet. The piccolo, flutes, and clarinets and other woodwinds blew some bird-like notes and then the brass trumpets blasted the melody. Trombones, baritones, tuba and French horns joined in.
The French horn in our band played rhythm most of the time. We played off beats. oom Pa! Oom Pa , oom Papa! oom Pa, oompa Oom PaPa! Over and over again. When you play with the band it’s easy to play with all your might, knowing you add to the orchestration, and the music, although most of what I played on the French horn couldn’t be classified as music by itself.
Even today when I go to a parade and hear a band fill the whole town with Stars and Stripes Forever, my heart thumps, chills go over me, and I get a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes.
I imagine the music in David’s day had a lot of musicians in tears as they marched behind a new cart carrying the Ark of the Covenant back toward home. Israel made the mistake of taking the ark into a bloody battle with the Philistines, and the enemy captured it.
The Israelites mourned and said, “The glory of the Lord has departed.”
The proud Philistines put the ark beside their god, Dagon, whose man-like head, arms, and body towered above a lower portion designed like a fish.
In the night, Dagon fell on his face before the Ark. They propped him back up and the next morning Dagon lay down again, and now the head and hands broke off and only a stump remained.
Tumors, sickness and death plagued the Philistines, and the sickness spread. Great destruction spread through the city no matter where they put the Ark, so they sent the Ark back to Israel, at first to Bethshemesh and then Kirjathjearim to the home of Abinadab.
That’s where it was when David decided to go get it and bring it home, and the procession began, oxen pulling the cart with the Ark. Priests and many Israelites followed behind.
David joined the band. You could hardly hear the sound of the thousands of marching feet. Oh what singing! Oh, what shouting. What joy! Musicians blew the trumpets, strummed the stringed instruments, clanged the cymbals, and ran their fingers over the harps playing joyful songs.
I imagine those who didn’t sing or play clapped their hands. The glory of the Lord was on its way back, and joy erupted in Israel once again.
PRAYER: Lord, Thank you that your presence isn’t confined to an Ark today, but your presence fills the church as it did the Temple in Solomon’s day, and that you promised before you ascended back into heaven you would be with us always (Matthew 28:20).
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Ada Brownell, a devoted Bible student, has written for Christian publications since age 15 and spent much of her life as a reporter for The Pueblo Chieftain in Colo. She also is a veteran youth Christian education teacher. After moving to Missouri in her retirement, she continues to write books, free lance for Sunday school papers, Christian magazines, write op-ed pieces for newspapers, and blogs with stick-to-your-soul encouragement. She is the author of seven books and more than 350 articles and stories published in Christian magazines. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Ozarks Chapter of American Christian Writers. She and her husband have five children, one in heaven, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
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