When David presents his song of thanksgiving in 1 Chronicles 16:24, he charges us to declare God’s "glory among the heathen; His marvelous works among all nations." His psalm praises God’s faithfulness and instructs us to remember His covenant. This exuberant song follows the celebration of the return of the Ark of God. After being stolen by the Philistines and held for several months, then residing for twenty years in Kirjathjearim, it is finally moved to Jerusalem (1Sam 5:1, 6:1-21, 7:1-2, 2 Sam 6:1-15). This is a personal celebration for Israel, but they are encouraged to declare God’s great works to everyone, Jew and Gentile alike.
This passage conveys the influence we are to have on others. A life of victory and praise is a strong testimony for our faith. People may not always believe what we say, but they will always believe what we do. A transformed life speaks much louder than any sermon.
The word declare in the Hebrew means to keep score. With this in mind, we can think of our life as a scoreboard with people constantly watching the results. The number of spectators may differ for each of us depending on the size of our influence, but we are still being watched. Our lives are like the song of David, declaring through our actions all of our victories and praises for God.
Have you ever compared the lives of Christians and nonbelievers and saw no differences? Sadly, this is too often the case. What the world needs to see are victorious Christians who are living out the kingdom of God. This is how God expects His children to be effective kingdom builders.
People are watching us very closely at work, at school, at church, and everywhere else we go. They’re watching how we treat our spouse, nurture our children, and handle adversity. Many are listening closely to our words and examining our actions. If they see that we have victory, especially in the midst of trouble, they will be drawn to this new life in Christ.
In addition to being watched by people on earth, Paul points out in Hebrews 12:1 we are also surrounded by the great crowd of saints who have passed on before us. This alone should encourage us to throw off every hindrance, as this verse says, and run the race ahead of us.
Our scoreboards need to look like runaway wins, with bright lights flashing high victories. We shouldn’t be only running neck-to-neck with the world. Our lives should stand out. Our scorecard should tally much higher for people to take notice. We should lead lives which are way above and beyond what is usual.
Someone should be able to look at our lives and see there is something unusual about us which produces victory. People should be so bowled over by the way we live that they say, "Even when he gets down, he still comes out on top. Even when it doesn’t look like it is going in his favor, he still bounces back."
This new life is possible if we allow God’s Word to change our mind-sets and align our lives with His truths. In turn, this will bring us to the place where we recognize that we have authority over our circumstances and over our feelings. When we walk in the light of God’s word and experience the fullness of His kingdom, our life will become a song of victory. This will be sweet music in God’s ear and an inviting melody to those around us who are in desperate need of hope.