David had learned, the hard way, that he had to look closely into the holy word of God, contemplate it, wonder about it with careful and deliberate vision, and then do things God’s way in order to get closer to that Ark. And so,
After David had constructed buildings for himself in the City of David, he prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it. 2 Then David said, “No one but the Levites may carry the ark of God, because the Lord chose them to carry the ark of the Lord and to minister before him forever.”
3 David assembled all Israel in Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the Lord to the place he had prepared for it. 4 He called together the descendants of Aaron and the Levites:
5 From the descendants of Kohath,
Uriel the leader and 120 relatives;
6 from the descendants of Merari,
Asaiah the leader and 220 relatives;
7 from the descendants of Gershon,[a]
Joel the leader and 130 relatives;
8 from the descendants of Elizaphan,
Shemaiah the leader and 200 relatives;
9 from the descendants of Hebron,
Eliel the leader and 80 relatives;
10 from the descendants of Uzziel,
Amminadab the leader and 112 relatives.
11 Then David summoned Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel and Amminadab the Levites. 12 He said to them, “You are the heads of the Levitical families; you and your fellow Levites are to consecrate yourselves and bring up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel, to the place I have prepared for it. 13 It was because you, the Levites, did not bring it up the first time that the Lord our God broke out in anger against us. We did not inquire of him about how to do it in the prescribed way.” 14 So the priests and Levites consecrated themselves in order to bring up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel. 15 And the Levites carried the ark of God with the poles on their shoulders, as Moses had commanded in accordance with the word of the Lord. 1st Chronicles 15:1-15 niv 2011
…in accordance with the word of the Lord…
That’s a prospective we often leave out of our personal consideration when we’re in over our heads in comfort and ego.
If you don’t know the Word very well, and you’re sitting around in a whole bunch of confusion and you’re angry with the Lord, then do some learning about Him. Learn how things should be done according to the Word of the Lord, and pray for understanding. Here’s a good starting place:
145 I cry out with my whole heart;
Hear me, O Lord!
I will keep Your statutes.
146 I cry out to You;
Save me, and I will keep Your testimonies.
147 I rise before the dawning of the morning,
And cry for help;
I hope in Your word.
148 My eyes are awake through the night watches,
That I may meditate on Your word.
149 Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness;
O Lord, revive me according to Your justice.
150 They draw near who follow after wickedness;
They are far from Your law.
151 You are near, O Lord,
And all Your commandments are truth.
152 Concerning Your testimonies,
I have known of old that You have founded them forever. Psalm 119:145-152 nkjv
He’ll answer. It’s a promise. We have a guiding force that loves us so much He came and died for us. That’s some dedication.
Let’s go back to 2nd Samuel and see how this thing turns out.
12 Now it was told King David, saying, “The Lord has blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.” So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with gladness. 13 And so it was, when those bearing the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, that he sacrificed oxen and fatted sheep. 14 Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod. 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.
16 Now 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 whirling before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart. 17 So they brought the ark of the Lord, and set it in its place in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it. Then David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord. 18 And when David had finished offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts. 19 Then he distributed among all the people, among the whole multitude of Israel, both the women and the men, to everyone a loaf of bread, a piece of meat, and a cake of raisins. So all the people departed, everyone to his house.
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 today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of the maids of his servants, as one of the base fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!”
21 So David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel. Therefore I will play music before the Lord. 22 And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight. But as for the maidservants of whom you have spoken, by them I will be held in honor.”
23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death. 2nd Samuel 6:12-23 nkjv
David got the Ark to where it belonged, and he brought it in with God’s blessing…but there’s going to be trouble at home. There is a ton of symbolism here that should not go unnoticed. The first is this intense parallel between David coming into his new kingdom, and how that mirrors Jesus Christ coming into His reign – a picture of kingly power and grace. The Ark here is representative of the Throne. The king himself appears as Messiah – and what that means is that when Christ comes our king and priest won’t be two different people anymore. Christ will be both, performing all duties in one person. The duty of sacrifice He already made, once for all by his own blood.
And then there’s David’s wife, Michal…
Michael Youseff said, “David had many wives, but he loved Michal.” – Loved her so much that he demanded she be taken away from another who obviously loved her, and that she be brought back to him. And that action that David took was without the seeking of the Lord.
In 1st Samuel 19 we learn that Michal was into idols. She, as well as her father Saul, had some distain for the things of God. So when she sees David (a man she loved at one time) dancing with all his heart and soul for the sheer benefit of pleasing the Lord, her stomach turns…he sort of looks like a hypocrite here. Her own father had done this sort of thing from time to time. He’d go off wildly prophesying and praising one minute, then be trying to murder a righteous man the next. Now here’s David doing the same thing. He hadn’t asked the Lord about tearing up her marriage to Paltiel, and Paltiel was devastated over the deal. Yet, when given the chance to worship so freely and openly in public, he does that. She confronts him about uncovering himself as one of the base fellows. She’s not talking about what he’s wearing, because he is very well covered. But he’s taken off his royal robes and she doesn’t like that at all. Her heart is revealed when she uses the word base fellows – she’s talking about David being vain – as if he were showing off in worship. She thinks, he’s a hypocrite. Good grief! Could he at least dress like a king? Does he have to display his utter phoniness in public?
Michal misjudged her husband. He had finally reestablished communion with the Lord he loved, and there was no way she could ever understand that, at least not in her present condition. And because of that, she had no children until the day of her death. Her heart remained cold and unchanged. She didn’t repent and look for restoration with the Lord, or her husband. Robert McDonald noted:
Because of her critical attitude, Michal suffered the reproach of bearing no children to the day of her death. This is a needed reminder that a critical spirit stifles fruitfulness.
—William McDonald, Believer’s Bible Commentary
And I think that critical spirit was a source of strife at home. This thing with Michal is a consequence for David – just as moving the Ark his own way brought death to Uzzah, moving Michal back into his home in his own way brought death to that relationship. She despised him in her heart. Her heart changed toward David and I’d guess there wasn’t a whole lot of intimacy after that. She had no children to the day of her death.
But David is resolved in his worship, despite the confrontation with his beloved wife. He sticks to his guns here and declares that worship is what he has planned for the heart of Israel – and even the maidservants are going to honor this.
Please join us next week for the rest of this story in It Seemed Right to all of the People – Part 3 in our series: The Lion of Judah.
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