We all have different memories of David’s life. Some only remember David and Goliath; David and Bathsheba; David and Jonathan and so on. But in the Book of Acts, chapter 13, verse 22, Paul is in Antioch, in the synagogue and this is what he said about David. The rulers of the synagogue had just read “the Law” and the prophets to the people. They knew Paul was there so they asked if he had any word of exhortation for them. He started reminding them of what happened with their forefathers, and then he gets to David in verse 22.
“And when He had removed him (talking about Saul), He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.”
God didn’t say he was anything other than; David cares about the things I care about; David’s heart is in sync with Mine; when I told David to go he went; and if I told him to go left, he went left. That’s a person after God’s own heart.
After David’s entire life, this is what God chose to say about him through Paul.
Some go through life saying, “Well, you win some, you lose some. Nobody’s going to get it right all the time.” Others will say, “If God said it, that’s what I want to do too!” Those after God’s heart want the same things God does.
In the family of God, we basically have two groups of people. Those who moan and complain about what all they’ve been through which is a carnal response. They make their decisions according to their emotions.
The other group recovers quickly after getting slightly off track, always praying, always asking God which way to go. Everything in their life is significant. They obey and honor God’s precepts and principles and don’t have to be continually corrected. That was what David was like. Those kinds of people are rare to find.
What’s a precept? Example: If the speed limit is 35, its 35 no matter what time of day, whether there are others on the road or not. The key word is “Limit!” There is no give or take.
If the sign says, “Caution,” that’s a principle. Just as the Bible says “Take heed, or warning.”It needs to be applied with wisdom-slippery when wet. When someone is after God’s heart, they care as much about the principles as they do the precepts. When we examine our lives, and the precepts don’t line up, line them up. That’s exactly what David did in 2 Samuel chapter 6 – “a man after God’s own heart.
In this setting, they are in Jerusalem. David is king. Saul had neglected the things of God.
We have to remember, back then; the central place of worship was the tabernacle. The enemy had carted off a very precious piece of furniture-ark of the Covenant. This was important to the Israelites because the presence of God and His glory dwelt upon it. This means the light, the shechinah glory of God rested on the ark. Since it represented the presence of Jehovah, it was the holiest place on earth.
After becoming king, David realized there was no central place of worship. In order for the people of Israel to get back to worshiping the true God, they needed the Ark of the Covenant brought back to Jerusalem.
2 Samuel 6:1-5 – Again David gathered all the choice men of Israel, thirty thousand. (Verse 2) And David arose and went with all the people who were with him in Baale Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, whose name is called by the Name, the Lord of Hosts, who dwells between the cherubim. (Verse 3) So they set the ark of God on a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was on the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the new cart. (Verse 4) And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill, accompanying the ark of God; and Ahio went before the ark. (Verse 5) Then David and all the house of Israel played music before the Lord on all kinds of instruments made of fir wood, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on sistrums, and on cymbals.
So here’s David and all of Israel playing music and worshiping the Lord taking the ark back to where the it belongs.
The name ark means “box” or “chest.” It was made of wood rectangular in shape, gold-plated inside and out. It had a decorative gold border around it, forming a rim. The covering was made of gold, called the “mercy-seat.” At either end of the cover was a hammered gold cherubim (angels). These golden angels were facing each other with wings outstretched over the mercy seat. These creatures looked down upon the chest. This entire ark had to be made mobile.
There were 3 things inside the ark. There was a gold jar containing the manna from the wilderness, Aaron’s ancient rod, and the tablets of stone. God would meet with His people above the mercy-seat.
Everything was detailed. This precious cargo was so important to God that He gave specific instructions of how it was to be moved. God would not allow carelessness.
At the base of the ark were rings in which golden poles slipped through so that no human hands would ever touch it.
God also said that it could only be carried by Levites and the poles were to be carried on their shoulders. Even after all these years from Moses to David, God hadn’t changed His instructions. This is where David got into trouble.
Let me pause for a minute right here.
How we enter the holy place to corporately worship our heavenly Father does matter! I see too many times people coming into the sanctuary; stumbling in late, carrying coffee and donuts, looking for a seat and disrupting those who have begun to worship. It’s not what they are carrying; it’s the attitude behind it. It’s just another Sunday or Saturday, and at least I came. Think about it. I think its disrespectful to the One who kept a watchful eye on His people all week who come in to praise and worship disrupting others.
David wanted to get the ark moved as fast as he could. He was king and the decision maker. He could get things done as fast as he saw fit. The quickest way to get the ark down that hill was to put it on a cart driven by oxen. So David had them get a new cart, and then something dreadful happened.
2 Samuel 6:6, 7 – And when they came to Nachon’s threshing floor, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. (Verse 7) Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Uzzah and God struck him there by the ark of God.
Uzzah had seen the oxen stumble and automatically put his hand out to keep the ark from falling to the ground. He was also following orders from the King. No harm right? It was a reflex. Here’s the thing; if they would have carried it exactly as God had commanded it, it wouldn’t have been in danger of falling.
Have you ever heard someone say, “It doesn’t matter how you do it, right or wrong, just do it?” That’s dumb. We should do nothing until its right. That’s wisdom. God does care how things are done. I believe He does care how we enter worship. I know He cares how we participate too. It’s more than, “Well at least I’m here.”
That was David’s attitude, “Let’s get this done!” What does God say about being faithful in little things? Details do matter to Him.
David gets mad, next.
2 Samuel 6:8 – And David became angry because of the Lord’s outbreak against Uzzah, and he called the name of the place Perez Uzzah to this day.
I thought God called David a man after His won heart. He did. David is standing there mad at God when in fact, God is mad at David. Being after God’s own heart doesn’t mean we are perfect. It means we are sensitive to the things that matter to God. It means when we are wrong we own up to it. We face it.