There is always that one in the crowd who doesn’t follow the rules. It is like obedience is poison to his soul. He may be a decent guy on the outside, but he has rebellion in his heart. He may even be attending church regularly, going to school and making A’s, or working hard at his job, but his heart is unsettled and looking for a way to break loose. He is the quiet, passive one who on the outside is a people pleaser, but his heart is full of lies and hate. He is stubborn and wants to do things his way regardless of who it hurts. He was told to wear his seatbelt because of safety and it’s the law, but when he is alone, he selfishly refuses to wear it. It was a cold, icy morning in Florida. He was driving to his college class when he lost control and hit a telephone pole going 60 mph. His head hit the windshield so hard, it shattered it. He died instantly from the impact. His rebellious heart took his life.
King David took 30, 000 men of Israel to go with him to bring the Ark of God and place it in the tabernacle. The ark had been at the house of Abinadab, his two sons were Uzzah and Ahio. The ark was set on a new cart and accompanied by these two brothers.
There were rules from God for the ark to be carried on poles by men. This would protect it from falling. Unfortunately for Uzzah, they did not do this. When the ox carrying the new cart stumbled and made the ark shake and possibly fall, Uzzah reached forth his hand and steadied the ark. The ark is holy and no one was to touch it. For touching it, Uzzah was killed by God.
This really bothered King David. Moments before, there had been joy, shouting, and playing of instruments; now there was death, guilt, and sadness. David left the ark at the home of Obededom for three months. God blessed Obededom and all of his household because of the ark of God. King David was told this, so he and all the house of Israel went and brought the ark to the city of David with gladness, shouting of joy, and playing of instruments.
David was dancing before the Lord. Michal, David’s wife, Saul’s daughter, looked out of the window and saw David dancing and hated him in her heart. David gave the men and women bread, meat, and wine and then they went home. David went home also. Michal met David outside and mockingly said,
“How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!”
David said to Michal, “It was before the LORD, which 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. And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour.” Michal never had children.
Challenge – David did not inquire of God about the ark of God, how to carry it, or the rules regarding it. If he had, and obeyed the rules, Uzzah would not have lost his life this way. David perhaps felt responsible for his death and it also made him scared of God in an unhealthy way. God wants us to fear Him in a healthy way, meaning to respect and honor Him. He doesn’t want us scared of Him.
It is important to get into the habit of asking God about everything in our lives. To David, retrieving the ark of God did not seem dangerous like going to war against the Philistine where the Lord went before them to fight for them.
We do not know what lies around a corner or what a day will bring, but our sovereign God does. Learn to be totally dependent on God and ask Him what to do. Allow Him to guide your decisions daily. Stop depending on yourself and start depending on God; after all, He knows everything and wants His best for us. Sometimes His best is awful to us, but going through His best is what brings us closer to Him and makes us more like Jesus if we allow it to.
2 Samuel 6:1 Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand.
6:2 And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims.
6:3 And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart.
6:4 And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark.
6:5 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.
6:6 And when they came to Nachon’s threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it.
6:7 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.
6:8 And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach upon Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perezuzzah to this day.
6:9 And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and said, How shall the ark of the LORD come to me?
6:10 So David would not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite.
6:11 And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite three months: and the LORD blessed Obededom, and all his household.
6:12 And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness.
6:13 And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings.
6:14 And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.
6:15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.
6:16 And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.
6:17 And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.
6:18 And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts.
6:19 And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, as well to the women as men, to every one a cake of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed every one to his house.
6:20 Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!
6:21 And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which 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.
6:22 And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour.
6:23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.