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From the Pastor's Desk

In 2 Samuel 6, David had just become the king over all Israel and not just Judah. He decides to bring the ark of God to Jerusalem. However, he hadn’t really prepared for it in prayer and sought God’s guidance on the matter. The Bible says that they set the ark of God on a new cart. Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the new cart. Now David and all the house of Israel played music before the Lord on all kinds of instruments. But when they came to Nachon’s threshing floor, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his error; and he died there by the ark of God. Because the ark was not being handled according to God’s directions, when the difficulties arose there was no acceptable way of dealing with them. Had the ark been carried on the shoulders of the priests, as the Law directed, this would not have happened. You see we must recognize that the presence of the Lord cannot be carried by or in things, but rests upon His people.

When David received word about how God had blessed Obed-Edom after the ark had been there at his house for three months, David decides that he will try it again. This time he prepares correctly and does things right. The Bible says that when those bearing the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, that he sacrificed oxen and fatted sheep. Then David danced before the Lord with all his might.

David was not concerned about what others thought, even when his wife Michal ridiculed him, he was only concerned about worshiping His God! Let that be the attitude of our hearts today.

-Pastors Tim and Katrina

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