June 4 – The Right Way…
Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 5:6-6:23 / Acts 1:23-2:21 / Psalm 69:29-36
The presence of God was all-important to David. The Ark of the Covenant was located at the house of Abinadab, which was about 6 miles from Jerusalem. David took 30,000 men with him to transport The Ark to The City of David (Jerusalem). David had designed this to be the greatest and most festive celebration Israel had ever experienced.
This parade of presence began in high spirits as Israel sang and played with all their might when the Ark passed before them. Then it came to an abrupt halt as the oxen stumbled, The Ark teetered, Uzzah reached to steady it and God responded by killing Uzzah. David was angry with God and afraid to take The Ark to Jerusalem. David displayed human anger, God acted in righteous indignation.
What went wrong? David inquired of God about attacking his enemies but didn’t ask God how to properly bring the Ark to Jerusalem. Also, if he would had read the Law, he would discover the priests were to carry it by inserting two poles through the rings on The Ark. God was angry with Uzzah because he did not revere the holiness of The Ark when he touched it.
David’s heart was right but he went about everything the wrong way. Desiring the presence of God in our lives and churches is a worthy pursuit but we must not try to usher it in on a new cart of convenience or human effort. There is not a substitute for prayer, intercession, repentance, humility, worship and obedience. God wants to show up…let’s welcome His presence in our lives with a right heart and the right way!