Following Protocol In Seeking Revival
In 2 Samuel 6:9 asked a question regarding the Ark of Covenant, herein to be called just the ark or ark of God. The question he asked follows a tragic event as he and all Israel were attempting to bring the ark of God to Jerusalem. The question is “how can I get the ark to come to me”? Wow what a question to ask especially after one of those that David had tasked with helping bring up the ark perished on the road.
What David was asking is how can I get the token of God’s presence to come to me? What must I do or is there anything that I can do. He didn’t ask how can we bring the ark and put it with the other pieces of furniture, or put in Moses’ tabernacle. No, he just wanted the ark as it was the one piece of furniture that represented God’s holy presence. Nevermind the outer court furniture or even the inner court, holy place furniture. How can one who is not the high priest or even a priest dare attempt bringing the ark let alone just wanting the ark to ‘come to him’?
First we need to understand what happened to bring Israel to this point. The ark had been carried off by the Philistines in 1 Samuel and later sent back. David is seeking to bring it back to the people. According to 1 Chronicle 13:3 “let us bring the ark of our God back to us, for we have not inquired of it since the days of Saul.” Apparently after the Philistines sent the ark back it remained in Kereath-jearim for nearly thirty years. Saul did not look for it or try to bring it back as the center of worship all the days he was king.
The sad part is no one sought it but worse yet is the fact that they forgot how to bring the ark. The put it on a new cart (1 Chron. 13:7) and Ahio drove the cart. All Israel was worshipping, dancing, singing, and shouting. Man I can see it now, here comes the ark on a new cart or hallelujah we have the presence of God coming back. But then something happened that no one probably foresaw. The oxen upset the cart, and Uzza reached out to keep the ark from falling and was struck dead. Scripture tells us that David was afraid. I’m sure everyone was asking wow did you see that. When was the last time God struck someone for trying to come near His presence flipanly, or by offering strange fire.
No, God doesn’t strike us down when we assume we can do things the new cart way. But he does back off. I will discuss David’s question later. I am just laying a foundation and want to point out something I noticed after studying this passage so long. It’s that David realized God wants worship. He desires it and even though we see that David had prepared a tent for the ark, he made no preparation for the other tabernacle pieces. Why? I doubt David considered all of that a waste of time because later when he is helping his son Solomon to build the Temple, he is raising money and supplies for all of the pieces of furniture, and other items used in worship.
We know from the Psalms and other writings that David was a worshipper, truly, a man after God’s own heart. Without a deep theological discussion I must just say David went straight for the heart of it all. He caught on to something that goes on in the heavenlies 24/7. He so love the Lord he wanted to ‘open up’ the ‘presence’ as it were for all Israel to gather and worship. Where he failed in following protocol was not having the Levites carry the ark on poles as was prescribed by Moses in the law, see 1 Chron. 15: 2. So also it is the Levites who are to minister to him forever. We are New Testament priests and Levites. We are the ones who minister before Him and we are the ones to carry His glory.
Let’s not get hung up on too many specifics, but live a life of repentance, in continuous fellowship with Jesus, knowing that He has made it possible to minister before the throne.
More to come