..."and a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the way of holiness; evil minded people shall not travel on it, but it shall be for those wayfarers who are traveling toward God. (Isaiah 35:8, adapted)

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Devotions From the Heart: The Ark Brought Home

by Pastor Derek Gitsham

The Ark Brought Home

"And I will yet be more vile than thus,
and will be base in mine own sight: and
of the maidservants which thou has
spoken of, of them shall I be had in
honor" (2 Samuel 6:22).

Such was the hunger of David to bring
the ark back to Jerusalem, he was prepared
to go to any lengths to see it return. The
ark of the covenant is a picture of the
presence of the Lord. David longed for God’s
manifest presence and did everything to make
it happen.

We could talk much of the incident with Uzza
who was destroyed trying to prevent the ark
from falling off the ox-cart but the verse we
have before us deals with another matter; David’s
behavior as the ark came home. He was literally
beside himself before the ark and totally lost
in the joy of the presence of God coming to

He knew God’s presence meant blessing. In the
incident with Uzza being struck down (verses 7-9)
he was afraid to bring the ark up, and left it
at the house of Obed-edom for 3 months (verse 11).
Seeing the blessing of God on his household he
decides he cannot wait any longer to bring the
ark up (verse 14). David began to dance before
the Lord with all his might; and the ark was
brought up with shouting and with the sound of
the trumpet (verse 5).

David’s wife was abhorred by his behavior because
of what the maidservants thought because he was
girded only with a linen ephod. David cared for
none of it, or what they thought. His was to be
taken up with the glory of God and if it made him
look vile, then so be it. It did not matter, David
was a worshipper.

Michal, his wife did not like what she saw in David.
She missed the whole point. It was all for God.
A worshipper has to look out of it. He is totally
abandoned to God and that is the way it has to be.
If only God’s church would abandon all thoughts of
herself and give herself in worship to God no matter
what others think. In John 9 we read the blind man
worshipped Jesus. In Greek it reads, “he
extravagantly loved Him”.

The Lord gives us power to lose sight of man, and
give all to Him in worship.

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