2: “David and all the people with him set out…to bring up from there the ark of God.” – The ark, representing the living presence of God, had been in many different locations over recent years, including with the Philistines. David felt that if he moved the ark into the City of David, that God would bless the entire nation of Israel and transform Jerusalem into the City of God.
3: “They carried the ark of God on a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab.” – Carrying the ark on a cart was not the proper procedure for handling the ark. Due to this, Uzzah, one of Abinadab’s sons was killed when he reached out to protect the ark from falling.
5: “David and all the house of Israel were dancing before the Lord with all their might, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals.” – David is an extreme worshipper. Nothing is held back when he worships and glorifies God.
16: “As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal daughter of Saul, looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.” – Michal was also David’s first wife and when she saw David, nearly naked, dancing and making a fool of himself before the entire city, she must have felt this was not proper behavior for a king. Her heart grew in bitterness.
18: “When David had finished offering the burnt offerings…he blessed the people in the name of the Lord and distributed food among all the people.” – David performed the role of priest, leading his people in worship of the Lord.
Points to Contemplate:
Do you attempt to bring God into the center of your life for all to see? Do you go to extreme measures to show others that the living presence of God is in your life? What steps do you need to be take in order to bring God into a more prominently displayed position in your life? Since you do not have an ark to transport, what visible signs of God are there in your life that can be readily displayed? Could it be an attitude of the heart?
Do you represent God properly, the way He wants you to? Or do you take shortcuts, perhaps eliminating some of the more difficult aspects of how God as worked in your life? The verses that have been skipped in this week’s lection, (2 Samuel 6:6-12), illustrate where disobedience to God could lead us. Are you careful to not to misrepresent God to others? Do you see the importance of clearly stating your personal witness without leaving anything out or without exaggeration? Uzzah’s punishment was an issue of pride; that David knew best and didn’t need to follow God’s guidelines. Do you see how pride can destroy your relationship with God and render you useless for your ministry?
Are you an extreme worshipper? It is okay if you are not as charismatic as David, but do you worry what others might think of your actions while you worship? Are you like Michal and stand judgmental over others as you watch them worship? Is there not beauty in seeing someone so involved in worship that they have been released of all self-awareness and inhibitions? Isn’t letting go of the self the whole purpose for worship? Are we not supposed to be entirely focused on God, praising and singing with all our heart?
Our lessons this week celebrate God’s creation and the plans He has for our lives. Do you acknowledge that God has created all things, including you? Do you find hope and encouragement in the understanding that He has purpose and intent for your life? Do you earnestly seek God in all aspects of your life, searching for ways to fulfill your destiny as a child of God? Do you base your identity and purpose in your relationship with Jesus Christ? Do you stand up in defense and bear witness to God’s truth in the world?
Promises of the Gospel:
When God enters our lives we are blessed beyond measure. Our response to those blessings should be one of unlimited joy. David broke from the limitations of what many thought was proper behavior for a king. Instead, he danced and sang and worshipped God with his entire being. We are to respond to God’s love by allowing it to freely flow from the heart, without concern of what others might think and without being judgmental of how others act.