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Bringing The Ark Into Jerusalem


Before the ark of God was brought into Jerusalem, the spiritual condition in Israel was deteriorating badly.

The war between the house of Saul and the house of David lasted a long time. David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker (2 Samuel 3:1).

After Ishbosheth the son of Saul was murdered by the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite (2 Samuel 4), David became king over Israel (2 Samuel 5).

All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “We are your own flesh and blood. In the past, while Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel on their military campaigns. And the Lord said to you, ‘You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become their ruler.’”

When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, the king made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel.

David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years. In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months.

Then David conquered Jerusalem, and called it the City of David (2 Samuel 5:6-7). And in Jerusalem, David reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.

When the nation was divided between Saul and David, there were actually two high priests. Abiathar served at Hebron, and Zadok at Gibeon. After the capture of the ark of God by the Philistines (1 Samuel 4) and Saul's murder of the priests of Nob (1 Samuel 22:19), there was widespread indifference and compromise of true worship to the Lord. This brought the whole nation of Israel into a state of disastrous ignorance of God's Word!

The unification of Israel required a central place of worship, the coming together of the two rival priesthoods and the moving of the ark of God into the nation's capital.

The whole chapter of 2 Samuel 6 recorded one of David’s most important actions in bringing the whole nation of Israel together. Returning the ark of God to His people and restoring true worship of God!

David made two attempts to bring the ark into Jerusalem. The first attempt was a failure but the second a success.

The First Attempt

2 Samuel 6:1-9

1 Again David gathered all the choice men of Israel, thirty thousand.

2 And David arose and went with all the people who were with him from Baale Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, whose name is called by the Name, the Lord of Hosts, who dwells between the cherubim.

3 So they set the ark of God on a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the new cart.

4 And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill, accompanying the ark of God; and Ahio went before the ark.

5 Then David and all the house of Israel played music before the Lord on all kinds of instruments of fir wood, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on sistrums, and on cymbals.

6 And when they came to Nachon’s threshing floor, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled.

7 Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his error; and he died there by the ark of God.

8 And David became angry because of the Lord’s outbreak against Uzzah; and he called the name of the place Perez Uzzah to this day.

9 David was afraid of the Lord that day; and he said, “How can the ark of the Lord come to me?

In the first attempt, David gathered all choice men of Israel. Totaling 30,000 in number! Many of them were his best and elite soldiers. David was a great warrior. But bringing the ark into Jerusalem was not for the purpose of warfare but for the purpose of true worship. It was never God’s desire to use strong and mighty soldiers and men of war to bring in His ark into His city! Never!

The ark of the covenant was the same ark that God had commanded Moses to make more than 400 years earlier. Inside the ark were the tablets inscribed with the 10 commandments, a jar of heavenly manna, and Aaron's rod that was alive and budding miraculously. And the Lord of Hosts dwelt between the cherubim.

The ark of God represented the manifest presence and glory of God. It was placed in the house of Abinadab for 20 years after the Philistines had returned it to Israel (1 Samuel 7).

David had a desire to bring the ark into the city of God! To make a dwelling place for God! But in his first attempt, David employed the ways of man to do the work of God! This was a terrible tragedy!

God had given Moses and Aaron specific instructions about the Tent of Meeting and how the holy articles including the ark of the covenant were to be covered and carried, and also who were called to cover them and who were called to carry them.

Numbers 4:15
And when Aaron and his sons have finished covering the sanctuary and all the furnishings of the sanctuary, when the camp is set to go, then the sons of Kohath shall come to carry them; but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die. These are the things in the tabernacle of meeting which the sons of Kohath are to carry.

Only the High Priest and his sons were qualified to cover the holy articles and set them on poles so that the Kohathites could do the carrying. Nobody was allowed to touch any holy thing. If they did so, they would die.

The Kohathites were one of the four main divisions among the Levites. One of their special duties was to carry the holy vessels and objects of the sanctuary - the ark of the covenant, menorah, table of showbread etc.

Only the Kohathites were allowed to carry the ark of the covenant. No soldiers or men of war were allowed to do so! David’s choice men were not God’s choice! No matter how sincere they were or how good their intention was or how strong and mighty they were, transporting and touching the ark was in direct violation of God’s law. It would result in death.

Failing to follow God’s precise instructions was the same as not revering God’s Word and not having the fear of God! It was total disobedience to Him. It was bordering on rebellion, seeing and doing things with a worldly or personal perspective rather than God’s!

David took his mighty men of war with him to carry the ark upon a new cart! That was a great mistake!

Transporting the ark on a new cart was against God's specific instructions. It was to be borne upon men's shoulders, and carried by the Kohathites only, using the poles prescribed.

Exodus 25:12-14
You shall cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in its four corners; two rings shall be on one side, and two rings on the other side. And you shall make poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold. You shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark, that the ark may be carried by them.

Numbers 7:9
But to the sons of Kohath he gave none, because theirs was the service of the holy things, which they carried on their shoulders.

How foolish and vain man’s imaginations could be! Trying to do God’s work without following His Word!

They thought that God would be pleased with a new cart! They thought that the fancy new cart would be good enough to carry the presence of God! They thought that God would love all their razzle-dazzle and creative wild imaginations!

God is looking at the hearts and not the carts! David thought that this new technology and luxurious invention could cover his ignorance and disobedience. But God is not mocked by our foolish ways and wants!

How often have we tried to carry God’s presence upon our new carts? New styles, new dances, new banners, new modes of worship, new mechanics, new music, new disco lights, new smoke machines, new gadgets, new equipment, new sound mixers and blasters. How often have we tried to impress God with new things which we have created using the energy of the flesh and human minds, and not by His Holy Spirit? How many of our services flow from our hands, but not from our hearts?

1 Samuel 6:10-11
Then the men did so; they took two milk cows and hitched them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home. And they set the ark of the Lord on the cart, and the chest with the gold rats and the images of their tumors.

The problem was that this cart method was employed before by the Philistines to transport the ark when they returned it to Israel. The Israelites thought that they could follow suit.

The Philistines got away with God’s divine punishment simply because they did not have the Word of God and His holy instructions!

But God expected more from His people. He required obedience to His Word! Israel was to take their instructions from God's Word, and not from the innovations of the Philistines.

The ark had stayed for a long period of time at Abinadab’s house. More than 20 years! The sons of Abinadad, Uzzah and Ahio, had grown too accustomed to the presence of the ark but not the presence of the Lord!

Familiarity sometimes breeds contempt. Having the ark in his own home for so long, Uzzah could very likely have forgotten what the ark truly represented. Similarly today, we have failed to recognize the holy presence of God and acknowledge His awesome Lordship after knowing Him for many years. Becoming too familiar with Him sometimes results in us showing irreverence and contempt, despising His ways and His Word!

Uzzah and Ahio were designated to drive the new cart. The meanings of their names paint a shocking picture. Uzzah means "strength" and Ahio means "brotherly or friendly."

Likewise, many Christian ministries and church services today are like Uzzah and Ahio. A new cart, a big production, showing strength and portraying friendliness. Many have compromised when the multitudes and majority agree to do so. They have diluted the gospel so that it has become super user-friendly to suit the tastes of all. No cross. No pain. An easy and friendly gospel! All done without inquiring God or seeking His will.

David prayed for God's blessing on his big day of bringing His ark into Jerusalem. 30,000 strong men were deployed to carry out this awesome task! God should be pleased and awed by this effort! But God wasn’t! David didn't inquire of God on how to do it! This was a good intention of man going awfully wrong. God couldn’t bless this!

David and all the house of Israel played music before the Lord. They worshipped and praised the Lord! The ark was brought out with great joy with musical instruments, singing and dancing! It was a great celebration and seemingly triumphant procession. The atmosphere was joyful, exciting and engaging. But the sad truth was that none of these pleased God! Because they were carried out with disobedience to His Word.

Today, worship has become a matter of how we feel and not how God feels. We measure a worship experience by how much we enjoy and benefit from it! But true worship is about pleasing God and not ourselves! We can only please God when we obey Him. We can only truly worship God when we worship Him in spirit and in truth. His Spirit is holy, and His Truth is His Word! That’s how He desires us to worship Him.

We need to get out of our consumer-oriented culture, and self-centredness. It isn't about what pleases us. It's about what pleases God.

And when they came to Nachon's threshing floor, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his error; and he died there by the ark of God.

The cart didn’t fall but the oxen did stumbled. The cart had no life, and therefore could not know! But these precious oxen knew and recognized the Lord! Sad to say, like the cart, the rebellious people of God didn’t know or even consider the presence of God!

Isaiah 1:2-3
Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth!
For the Lord has spoken:
“I have nourished and brought up children,
And they have rebelled against Me;
The ox knows its owner
And the donkey its master’s crib;
But Israel does not know,
My people do not consider.

Nachon's threshing floor was a place where stalks of wheat were gathered and threshed, and the chaff was separated from the wheat. There was a lot of chaff in this folly of man. How God would desire to blow away all the chaff in our lives at His threshing floor.

As the oxen stumbled, Uzzah put out his hand and took hold of the ark of God. This was strictly forbidden by God. Touching any holy thing would guarantee death.

This all happened in just a few split seconds. Just a short moment in time! Sometimes we are called to make decisions in very short time durations. How we make those decisions in those critical moments is the result of how we make decisions in our daily lives. If we disregard God's Word in our daily living, we will also disregard Him in those critical moments. If we obey God in our daily living, we will also obey Him in those critical moments. Remember Lot’s wife. She disobeyed God and she died. And remember the three Hebrew children in the fiery furnace in Babylon. They obeyed God and they lived!

God struck Uzzah dead at the threshing floor of Nachon! That must have surprised everyone especially David!

Uzzah erred in thinking that he was qualified to carry the ark. He erred even more to carry it using his own way or the way of the Philistines! He became presumptuous thinking that he knew everything about the ark since it was in his father's house for so long. He disregarded God’s Word for man’s ways! He thought that he could lend God a helping hand to stop the ark from falling away! He failed to see and acknowledge that God’s presence was at Nachon's threshing floor. He was standing on holy ground! God was able to do what He was pleased to do! God could keep the ark from falling if He so desired.

Uzzah had no regard or respect for what was holy and what was not. His intention to help was right, but he did something that even the Levites were forbidden to do. He laid his hands on the ark!

Today, many Christians have disregarded the awesome presence and holiness of God in their lives! Many have become presumptuous! Many have not drawn near to God on a daily basis, approaching Him with reverence and holy fear. But on Sundays and in churches, they think that they can just worship and do God’s work without living in righteousness and walking with God in His light on a daily basis! No consecration is needed. Just plain showmanship and prideful arrogance! We have compromised in bringing worldly ways of thinking or reasoning into His holy sanctuary! We have forgotten that tragic lesson of Uzzah, and now we are facing the consequences.

When Uzzah was struck dead, David reacted with anger and fear. He became angry because of the Lord's outbreak against Uzzah. And he called the name of the place Perez Uzzah to this day.

David’s anger was based in confusion. He couldn't understand why his good intentions weren't good enough. Why was God so strict and severe towards his noble actions?

David was afraid of the Lord that day; and he said, "How can the ark of the Lord come to me?" Because of what happened to Uzzah, David now realized that he was not able to bring the ark of God into Jerusalem using his own methods and ways! He had come to the full realization that he couldn't do it alone! That’s good news! When we come to the end of ourselves, we need to make a U-turn back to God, seeking Him and doing His will His way! Back to His Word!

The Second Attempt

2 Samuel 6:10-23

10 So David would not move the ark of the Lord with him into the City of David; but David took it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite.

11 The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite three months. And the Lord blessed Obed-Edom and all his household.

12 Now it was told King David, saying, “The Lord has blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.” So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with gladness.

13 And so it was, when those bearing the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, that he sacrificed oxen and fatted sheep.

14 Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod.

15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet.

16 Now as the ark of the Lord came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.

17 So they brought the ark of the Lord, and set it in its place in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it. Then David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord.

18 And when David had finished offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts.

19 Then he distributed among all the people, among the whole multitude of Israel, both the women and the men, to everyone a loaf of bread, a piece of meat, and a cake of raisins. So all the people departed, everyone to his house.

20 Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, “How glorious was the king of Israel today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of the maids of his servants, as one of the base fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!”

21 So David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel. Therefore I will play music before the Lord.

22 And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight. But as for the maidservants of whom you have spoken, by them I will be held in honor.”

23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.

As David would not move the ark of the Lord with him into the City of David, he placed it into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months.

David now did this in accordance to God's word. Obed-Edom was from the family of Kohath (1 Chronicles 26:1-6). The Kohathites were from the tribe of Levi. They were called by God to take care of the ark and to carry it on poles when it was transported.

And the Lord blessed Obed-Edom and all his household. When God's Word was obeyed and the fear of God was present, God’s blessings would eventually flow. God desired His ark to be a blessing for Israel, not a curse. The curse didn't come from God's desire but from man's disobedience.

Before the ark was successfully brought into Jerusalem, David explained to the priests why God struck out against them in their first attempt, and he also assembled the children of Aaron and the Levites asking them to do the awesome task. David couldn’t do it himself. He needed the high priest, the priests and Levites! This time, the ark must be properly carried into Jerusalem according to God’s instructions!

1 Chronicles 15:1-28

1 David built houses for himself in the City of David; and he prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched a tent for it.

2 Then David said, “No one may carry the ark of God but the Levites, for the Lord has chosen them to carry the ark of God and to minister before Him forever.”

3 And David gathered all Israel together at Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the Lord to its place, which he had prepared for it.

4 Then David assembled the children of Aaron and the Levites:

5 of the sons of Kohath, Uriel the chief, and one hundred and twenty of his brethren;

6 of the sons of Merari, Asaiah the chief, and two hundred and twenty of his brethren;

7 of the sons of Gershom, Joel the chief, and one hundred and thirty of his brethren;

8 of the sons of Elizaphan, Shemaiah the chief, and two hundred of his brethren;

9 of the sons of Hebron, Eliel the chief, and eighty of his brethren;

10 of the sons of Uzziel, Amminadab the chief, and one hundred and twelve of his brethren.

11 And David called for Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and for the Levites: for Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel, and Amminadab.

12 He said to them, “You are the heads of the fathers’ houses of the Levites; sanctify yourselves, you and your brethren, that you may bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel to the place I have prepared for it.

13 For because you did not do it the first time, the Lord our God broke out against us, because we did not consult Him about the proper order.”

14 So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel.

15 And the children of the Levites bore the ark of God on their shoulders, by its poles, as Moses had commanded according to the word of the Lord.

16 Then David spoke to the leaders of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the singers accompanied by instruments of music, stringed instruments, harps, and cymbals, by raising the voice with resounding joy.

17 So the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel; and of his brethren, Asaph the son of Berechiah; and of their brethren, the sons of Merari, Ethan the son of Kushaiah;

18 and with them their brethren of the second rank: Zechariah, Ben, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Elipheleh, Mikneiah, Obed-Edom, and Jeiel, the gatekeepers;

19 the singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, were to sound the cymbals of bronze;

20 Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah, and Benaiah, with strings according to Alamoth;

21 Mattithiah, Elipheleh, Mikneiah, Obed-Edom, Jeiel, and Azaziah, to direct with harps on the Sheminith;

22 Chenaniah, leader of the Levites, was instructor in charge of the music, because he was skillful;

23 Berechiah and Elkanah were doorkeepers for the ark;

24 Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah, and Eliezer, the priests, were to blow the trumpets before the ark of God; and Obed-Edom and Jehiah, doorkeepers for the ark.

25 So David, the elders of Israel, and the captains over thousands went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord from the house of Obed-Edom with joy.

26 And so it was, when God helped the Levites who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord, that they offered seven bulls and seven rams.

27 David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as were all the Levites who bore the ark, the singers, and Chenaniah the music master with the singers. David also wore a linen ephod.

28 Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the horn, with trumpets and with cymbals, making music with stringed instruments and harps.

When worship is done properly in the way ordered by God, it will be filled with gladness and joy. God is not a God of disorder but of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33)!

When those bearing the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, David sacrificed oxen and fatted sheep. This was elaborately and properly carried out. Not haphazardly! Not hurriedly! But with great reverence and awe! Seeking atonement, desiring consecration, and longing for sweet fellowship and communion with God.

The priestly function of King David was clearly seen here. He wore a linen robe like the other Levites. The king offered sacrifices, and blessed the people. These dual functions of the royal priesthood of King David were a type of the Messiah to come. No other king of Israel had ever served God's people in this dual capacity of priest and king. King Saul had committed sin in offering an unlawful sacrifice before the arrival of Samuel (1 Samuel 13), but David did so rightfully with the assistance and presence of the high priest, priests and Levites.

During the ceremony of transporting the ark from the house of Obed-Edom into the Tabernacle of David, David sacrificed an ox and a fattened calf every six paces. The journey may be about 6 miles (31680 feet). If each step were approximately 2 feet, 6 paces would be 12 feet. David could have stopped 2,640 times during the journey to offer 2,640 oxen and 2,640 calves. The whole journey may run into days or weeks. But it could be done in one day as there were prior preparation, cooperation, unity and division of labour. If 6 paces take 6 seconds and the sacrifice of the two animals takes another 24 seconds, the whole trip would be 30 seconds times 2,640, about 22 hours. Again, this is just my guesswork.

David now specifically instructed the Kohathites to carry the ark on their shoulders. No more new carts by mighty and strong men of war! God still desires His presence and glory to be carried upon the shoulders of consecrated and obedient people.

David danced before the Lord with all his might. He didn't hold back anything! His worship was heartfelt and not out of obligation! He was exceedingly glad to bring the ark of the Lord into Jerusalem the right way according to God's word.

David was able to fully express his heart of thanksgiving and love, praising and worshipping God without any reservations or hindrances! David was wearing a linen robe. He was neither immodest nor indecent. He was dressed just like all the other Levites who bore the ark. David also wore a linen ephod. This was not the same elaborate ephod worn by the high priest. David was under authority, and he recognized the spiritual authority and leadership God had established over Israel. He dared not do his own thing!

David's linen robe showed that he had laid aside his royal robes of majesty and glory, and dressed just like everyone else in the procession. His dance wasn't a solo performance. He danced with simple rhythmic steps together in harmony and unity with other men just in the same way we may see how some Jewish men dance today. David's dancing was appropriate and proper. No showing off.

Now as the ark of the Lord came into the City of David, Michal, Saul's daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.

Why did she despised her husband in her heart?

Firstly, King David was wearing what the other Levites were wearing. Just a linen robe. He didn’t wear a royal robe which would clearly distinguish the king from the commoners. But David chose to wear the same attire with His people in public as they worshipped God together. God looked at the hearts and not the clothes! The inside and not the outside!

Secondly, David's wife couldn't understand the extent of David's exuberant worship. She felt that it wasn't dignified for the King of Israel to be whirling and playing music, praising and worshipping God! From her window, with arrogant superiority and foolish pride, she looked down on the king and all the people of Israel!

So they brought the ark of the Lord, and set it in its place in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it. After so many years since the ark was lost in battle with the Philistines, the ark was finally returned and placed inside the tabernacle. The presence and glory of God returned back to Israel.

Then David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord. The burnt offerings were for consecration, and the peace offerings for restoring fellowship. This was truly a day of great consecration and communion with God.

After David had finished offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts. He then distributed among all the people, among the whole multitude of Israel, both the women and the men, to everyone a loaf of bread, a piece of meat, and a cake of raisins. So all the people departed, everyone to his house. They were all blessed and filled with exceedingly great joy and thanksgiving!

Then David returned to bless his household. After this day of great victory, David came home to bring a blessing to his own family.

But his wife, Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, "How glorious was the king of Israel today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of the maids of his servants, as one of the base fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!"

David never had expected such a cruel attack from his own household after such a remarkable day of victory. And definitely not from his own wife!

His wife didn't seem to object to David's dancing. But she was objecting to what David wore. He had put away his royal robes and danced like the other men. David acted as if he were just another worshipper in Israel.

With biting sarcasm, Michal's criticism could have ruined this whole day for David. But David did not allow her to continue to do so. David didn't let Michal's sarcastic criticism ruin his day. He simply explained the truth: "I did it for God, not for you." David rebuked her and put his own house in order!

So David said to Michal, "It was before the Lord, who chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel. Therefore I will play music before the Lord. And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight. But as for the maidservants of whom you have spoken, by them I will be held in honor."

It was before the Lord. This is not a justification for everything we do in worship. David’s conscience was clear and his dancing wasn't inappropriate. If need be, he would be even more undignified than this, and would be even more humble than this.

David knew that he was just a sinner before the Lord! Whatever Michal's opinion of him might be, his own view of himself was even more humbling. He was worse than what she thought him to be! Poor and wretched. Once lost but now am found! Was blind but now see! All because of God’s amazing grace, he was lifted up to be the king of Israel! He was what God had made him to be! Without God, he was nothing and he was nobody!

David didn't dance to show others how spiritual he was or how good he was. He did it before the Lord! However, this is not an excuse for someone who acts or dances inappropriately to the setting or context of a meeting and simply justifies it by saying, "It was before the Lord."

Because of what she did, Michal the daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death. Her barrenness was not necessarily the result of divine judgment. It might be that David never had marital relations with her again. How to love her and have close relationships when she was full of bitter sarcasm and harsh criticism!

Today, we have a multitude of ministries and churches. Many claim that they have the presence and glory of the Lord. But many are not doing it right according to the Word of God. Many are not seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness. They measure success by how friendly and how strong they have become. They have new carts for carrying the presence of God. Many are facing some bad consequences now. Church splits, burnouts, leadership faults, integrity issues, lack of accountability and lawsuits. Worst of all, many disappointed and distressed Christians have left the faith!

If King David, the man after God's own heart, could make an error by employing man's methods in worship, we too are vulnerable to do the same. But thank God for a second chance to make another attempt! Thus we need to return to the Lord and to His Word!

The Work of God done according to God’s Way written in God’s Word will be backed by God’s divine Warranty of blessings, goodness and mercy all the way to glory!  

Sources:
http://www.enduringword.com/commentaries/1006.htm
http://www.studylight.org/com/bcc/view.cgi?book=2sa&chapter=006

Written on 6 April 2013