Thursday, May 6, 2010

It's OK Now!

King David was an emotional man.
He was very excited with the idea of bringing the Ark to Jerusalem.
He wanted to do it with panache.
God would be honored, the people would be happy. He would feel great about doing the right thing, and doing it with "over-the-top" celebration.

Then God - the very God he was trying to please and honor - ruined his parade.

He was confused. Hurt. Angry.

As well as royally embarassed!

Was he not supposed to be blessed by God?
Was this not for God's glory?
He wanted to praise and honor God in the most public way possible.

Instead he was humilliated in the most public way possible.

So he parks the Ark in a farmer's house near by, and goes back to Jerusalem sulking and disillusioned, and confused.

12 "Then King David was told, “The Lord has blessed Obed-edom’s household and everything he has because of the Ark of God.”

What?

"So David went there and brought the Ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the City of David with a great celebration."

OK. So let's try this again. Maybe the disaster wasn't about David at all! Maybe it was about Uzzah and his presumption with touching something holy that God had said not to touch!

So - celebration, take two! But this time David was taking no chances about making sure God was pleased!

 13 "After the men who were carrying the Ark of the Lord had gone six steps, David sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf."

Take six steps. No fire from heaven? - Check!

Sacrifice a bull and fattened calf. Is God pleased? - Check!

OK. Let's rock and roll!!

 14 "And David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment.[g] 15 So David and all the people of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and the blowing of rams’ horns."

The celebration was complete. David went crazy in his praise, adoration, worship and physical expression of exhuberance before God.

They were probably singing and playing some of the favorite praise tunes he had made up. It was a time of pure joy for him...

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