每日诗歌: 聖哉！聖哉！聖哉！ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJBxK0IQ6XE)
2 Samuel 4 [Read]
2 Samuel 5 [Read]
2 Samuel 6 [Read]
Luke 18:18-43 [Read]
Finally, David was made King of the nation of Israel in Hebron (5:3). The shepherd who used to guard sheep was now the ruler of God’s people. But God’s work was not done yet, and he continued to pour out blessings unto his faithful servant. First, God gave him the city of Jerusalem, the fortress of Zion (5:7). Then, God gave the archenemy of Israel, the Philistines, into his hand (5:25). David was now firmly established in people’s mind to be the new king, for “the LORD God almighty was with him” (5:10).
However, David did not indulge himself in all the military successes. His mind was with God, and he wanted to bring the Ark of Covenant into the city of David. This is what made him the one who after God’s own heart (1Sam 13:14). Even when he was at the height of his career, he didn’t forget the one who gave him everything. This was in drastic contrast with King Saul, and it is also very different from what most of us would do. Success or affluence tends to puff up our ego, and it makes us forget everything we said to God before. Such shortsightedness actual robs ourselves of many more blessings that could have been ours.
David’s heart was right, but his approach was wrong. He prepared a new cart especially for this project (6:3), but the Ark was supposed to be carried by the Levites only (Nu 4:15). Such oversight caused Uzzah’s life, for God’s holiness must not be defiled in any way, even it seemed to be unintentional. David obviously learned his lesson the next time (1Ch 15:13). Such tragic incident brought good fortune to Obed-Edom, though. Of the three months when the Ark stayed in his house, God blessed him and his entire household (6:11).
The Bible did not tell us why David picked Obed-Edom’s house for keeping the Ark, but that matters little to me. The important thing is that the Bible specifically tells us the result of keeping God’s Ark in his house. God blessed him and his entire household. As we welcome God into our home, the blessing is sure to follow as long as we abide by his rules. There is a price to pay to be a keeper of God’s rules, but there are also many prizes to gain when we faithfully keep them in our home.
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