2 Samuel 6:1-23
6 Again David brought together the best soldiers in Israel. The total number was 30,000. 2 He and all of his men started out from Baalah in Judah. They wanted to bring the ark of God up to Jerusalem from there. The ark is named after the Lord. He is the Lord who rules over all. He sits on his throne between the cherubim that are on the ark. 3 The ark of God was placed on a new cart. Then it was brought from Abinadab’s house, which was on a hill. Uzzah and Ahio were guiding the cart. They were the sons of Abinadab. 4 The ark of God was on the cart. Ahio was walking in front of it. 5 David was celebrating with all his might in the sight of the Lord. So was the whole community of Israel. All of them were singing songs. They were also playing harps, lyres, tambourines, rattles and cymbals. 6 They came to the threshing floor of Nacon. The oxen nearly fell there. So Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God. 7 Then the Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah. That’s because what Uzzah did showed that he didn’t have any respect for the Lord. So God struck him down. He died there beside the ark of God. 8 David was angry because the Lord’s burning anger had broken out against Uzzah. That’s why the place is still called Perez Uzzah to this very day. 9 David was afraid of the Lord that day. He asked, “How can the ark of the Lord ever be brought to me?” 10 He didn’t want to take the ark of the Lord to be with him in the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom. Obed-Edom was from Gath. 11 The ark of the Lord remained in Obed-Edom’s house for three months. And the Lord blessed him and his whole family. 12 King David was told, “The Lord has blessed the family of Obed-Edom. He has also blessed everything that belongs to him. That’s because the ark of God is in Obed-Edom’s house.” So David went down there and brought up the ark. With great joy he brought it up from the house of Obed-Edom. He took it to the City of David. 13 Those who were carrying the ark of the Lord took six steps forward. Then David sacrificed a bull and a fat calf. 14 David was wearing a sacred linen apron. He danced in the sight of the Lord with all his might. 15 He did it while he was bringing up the ark of the Lord. The whole community of Israel helped him bring it up. They shouted. They blew trumpets. 16 The ark of the Lord was brought into the City of David. Saul’s daughter Michal was watching from a window. She saw King David leaping and dancing in the sight of the Lord. That made her hate him in her heart. 17 The ark of the Lord was brought into Jerusalem. It was put in its place in the tent David had set up for it. David sacrificed burnt offerings and friendship offerings to the Lord. 18 After he finished sacrificing those offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord who rules over all. 19 He gave to each Israelite man and woman a loaf of bread. He also gave each one a date cake and a raisin cake. Then all of the people went home. 20 David returned home to bless his family. Saul’s daughter Michal came out to meet him. She said, “You are the king of Israel. You have really brought honor to yourself today, haven’t you? You have taken off your royal robe right in front of the female slaves of your officials. You acted like someone who is very foolish!” 21 David said to Michal, “I did it to honor the Lord. He chose me instead of your father or anyone else in Saul’s family. He appointed me ruler over his people Israel. I will celebrate in honor of the Lord. 22 And that’s not all. I will bring even less honor to myself. I will bring even more shame on myself. But those female slaves you spoke about will honor me.” 23 Saul’s daughter Michal didn’t have any children as long as she lived.
From Uzzah’s death we learn that we cannot take the presence of God for granted. God is to be revered and having his presence in our lives is no casual matter. David was wise to step back and park the Ark at Obed-edom’s house. He was angry, upset and not sure how to approach the awesome presence of God anymore. After some months
and seeing that God’s presence brought blessing to Obed-edom’s household David changed his approach. We see David humble himself, there is a new level of sacrifice(giving) ie. a bull and fattened calf are sacrificed every six steps the Israelites take on their way to Jerusalem. This is extravagant as is the worship. David is said to have danced before the Lord with all his might – he gave God his all.
When God’s presence is revered and celebrated with our whole being it brings the blessing of God to our lives. This was the case for Obed-edom and once the Ark reached Jerusalem ie. each man and woman received bread and cakes to celebrate the Ark’s arrival.
It can be easy to become too familiar or casual about God’s presence. David learned that humility, sacrifice and worship keep our hearts and minds in a good place before God. Incorporating these attributes in our lives attracts God’s presence.
Dear Lord, help me not to take your presence in my life for granted. Keep my heart and mind in awe of you and all you do, amen.
Written by Ainslie Woods