Scripture reading for March 27: 2nd Samuel 5-7
King David was a psalmist, musician, and worshiper. He knew God by personal experience. Deciding to bring the Ark of God back to Jerusalem, the king set it on a new cart pulled by oxen and guided by Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab the priest. David and the men of Israel were celebrating with all their might before the Lord, when the oxen stumbled and Uzzah reached out to steady the Ark. God struck Uzzah down dead and the celebration ended abruptly! (2nd Samuel 6:7-9) His good intentions and exuberant worship ended in tragedy. What went wrong?
After careful research, David found God’s instructions for moving the Ark. This time the Ark was carried on the shoulders of the priests! David sacrificed to the Lord a bull and a fatted calf. He took off his kingly robes and put on a linen ephod and danced before the Lord with all his might. The house of Israel followed with the sounding of trumpets and loud shouting. (2nd Samuel 6:12-15) As the procession entered the city, Michal, David’s wife, saw David dancing and leaping before the Ark and despised him in her heart. As a result, she became barren and was judged by the Lord! (2nd Samuel 6:20-23)
These stories speak about true worship. God wants us to enjoy His presence and has made specific instructions about how man may come into His presence. When we come in our own way, we disrespect God and bring judgment. Uzzah died as a result of the king and priests failing to move the Ark in the prescribed way. We must be careful today to come humbly before the Lord and treat His presence with respect. We must be covered daily by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We are to come wholeheartedly, offering ourselves to the Lord in spirit and truth.
We are now the bearers of God’s presence through the Holy Spirit. As the new Temple, God’s glory dwells in us. We are priests and kings before the Lord and bear His glory where ever we go! Take time today and examine your own worship of the Lord. Are you living for God with “all your might”? Are you more focused on pleasing God than appeasing others who may not understand your worship? Each day brings opportunity for extravagant worship!