2 Sam 6:5-23
This is a story many of us are familiar with but I pray that God will reveal one or two things to us from the scriptures.
As background, the Philistines defeated Israel and captured the ark. The ark caused a problem for the philistines and their god, Dagon, so they returned the ark.
In 1 Sam 7:1-2, we understand the ark was kept in the house of Abinadab for 20years. The house of Abinadab was blessed during that period.
David now made arrangements to bring the national treasure (the ark) back to Jerusalem. This was after defeating the philistines twice. The idea was to make Jerusalem the political and religious center.
V3 And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the home of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the new cart.
Then the celebration began.
V5 And David and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.
Everything was going as planned until the ark was about to fall for the oxen shook it. Uzzah put forth his hands to the ark of God to prevent it from falling. Then God killed Uzzah. Bible says for his error. And David was displeased because God had killed Uzzah and messed up his celebration party.
V9 And David was afraid of the Lord that day, and said, How shall the ark of the Lord come to me?
Then David looked for a man that was dispensable and asked them to put the ark in his house.
V11 And the ark of the Lord continued in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months: and the Lord blessed Obed-edom, and all his household.
When David heard the positive turnaround in the household of Obed-edom, he went for the ark again.
This time around, the ark was carried properly.
V14 And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.
The wife of David who happens to be the daughter of Saul was not impressed with how David exposed himself while dancing.
David told her some of the reasons for his extravagant praise. The Bible recorded that Michal remained childless until her death.
We can learn a few things from our text.
- God is a Spirit
John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
In Numbers 4:5-15 God told the Israelites that the ark was to be moved away by the Levites, who were to carry it using the carrying poles. They were never to touch the ark itself. To touch it was a capital offense. David set the ark on a new cart. They disobeyed God’s commandment. The ark had spent 20years in the house of Abinadab, so they got too familiar with the ark, they took it for granted. Uzzar paid with his life.
Have you become too familiar with God that you now decide which commandment to obey and on what terms?
When Saul went against God’s commandment by sparing the best of the sheep and of the oxen of the Amalekites to sacrifice them to the Lord, Samuel told him.
1 Sam 15:22-23b
And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
- To move forward you have to go back to where you made a mistake.
David danced the first time they were bringing the ark to Jerusalem. The result was death and frustrated dreams. David was displeased with God. He refused to host the ark and missed out on the blessings.
He then did a spiritual due diligence. He found out the errors he made. He repented, corrected them and then he had success.
In Luke 2:41-48 Jesus went with his parents to Jerusalem. They left him in Jerusalem supposing him to have been with them. They searched everywhere and could not find him and decided to go back to Jerusalem. They found him after three days. The mother said to him, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.
Is Jesus missing in your life and you are not even aware? To find him you have to go to where you lost him. In God’s school there is no promotion until you pass your lessons. Murmuring and disobedience will keep you longer in the wilderness.
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
- Do you have reasons to praise the Lord?
As David danced before the Lord, the wife accused him of dancing like one of the vain fellows. The Bible called her, the daughter of Saul. The same Spirit of pride and looking good before the people in relation to pleasing God was in her. Ok she was the daughter of a king and David was a commoner.
Who was her father?
In 1 Sam 9:21 Saul gave us an idea of who he was before God promoted him.
V21 And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou so to me?
Who were you before God decided to bless you? Without God you are a nobody.
David reminded Michal, I am dancing before the one who chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel; therefore will I play before the LORD.
In Ps 103:1-5 David gave us more reasons to bless and praise the Lord.
V1Bless the LORD, o my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
V2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forgot not all his benefits
V3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities, who healeth all thy diseases:
V4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction: who crowneth thee with loving kind and tender mercies?
V5 Who satisfieth thy mouth good things: so that thy youth is renewed like the eagles
In Psalm 100: 4 David said
V4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
I am ready for thanksgiving. David danced before and his expectations were not met. He was in rebellion, in disobedience; he was murmuring and wanted to worship God on his own terms. Once he realized his mistake and made the required amendments the story changed in his favour.
Today you have that opportunity to approach God by telling him you are sorry and you surrender all to him. He will now step in as your Lord and savior. He will put a new song in your mouth and give you new dance steps. David didn’t curse Michal, God rose up and punished her.
As we dance, God will scatter all our enemies and give us cheap victories.