2 Samuel 6:9 – David was afraid of the Lord that day; and he said, “How can the ark of the Lord come to me?”
The problem was, David had not done his homework. We think we see pretty clearly, what the Lord’s will is, at times. We forget about doing a background study and just rush off to hurry and get it done.
Many have a calling on their life, many are called, but few are chosen. However if we don’t stop and study God’s word, which is our instruction manual, we will fail. We study His principles and precepts. When we do it God’s way the joy will be unimaginable.
Centuries later, Ananias and Sapphira did the same thing. They didn’t take the Lord seriously. Uzzah was not a Levite to begin with so he should have never been carrying the ark.
2 Samuel 6:10 – So David would not move the ark of the Lord with him into the City of David; but David took it aside into the house of Obed Edom the Gittite.
So for 3 months the ark stayed in Obed Edom’s house and the Lord Blessed him and all his household.
If you read on to verse 12, it says David brought up the ark, but if you go to 1 Chronicles 15:1-3, it tells the behind the scene story.
1 Chronicles 15:1-3 – David built houses for himself in the City of David; and he prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched a tent for it. (Verse 2) Then David said, “No one may carry the ark of God but the Levites, for the Lord has chosen them to carry the ark of God and to minister before Him forever. (Verse 3) And David gathered all Israel together at Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the Lord to its place, which he had prepared for it.
Do you know what happens to most people’s dreams and desires when they stop pursuing them? They get thrown by the wayside because going through the process is too hard. They don’t want to pay attention to the details, the baby steps it takes to be victorious. You can’t just go after something for a few weeks and expect to be successful. There will be sacrifices along the way. If you are not willing to put the time and effort out there, it won’t happen.
David took that 3 months, researched, and sought God. He found out exactly how the ark was to be moved.
2 Samuel 6:14, 15 – Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod. (Verse 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.
Why were they so excited? Because when we obey, we are set free. When we go against, we are in bondage.
The world says, “Don’t worry about the little details; God doesn’t care as long as it gets done.” Yes, He is concerned with details because He sees the bigger picture. He puts our obedience to the test in “little things.”
Here’s a little heads up though; when you are free and have been obedient to the Lord, not everyone around you will be happy for you. Look what happens when David comes dancing through Jerusalem.
2 Samuel 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 whirling before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.
This is a huge celebration for all of Israel to take part in. They bring the ark to the tent David had set up, make sacrifices, and then David feeds all the people of Israel. They are blessed beyond their imagination. Finally a king that knows how to bless God’s people. Then they all go home, including David.
2 Samuel 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 today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of the maids of his servants, as one of the base fellow’s shamelessly uncovers himself!”
You can hear the sarcasm in what she says to David. You can also tell she thinks more highly of herself than she ought. She’s not concerned about David embarrassing himself she’s concerned about herself. What will people think? But David responds different from most. He’s not going to let the devil steal his joy.
2 Samuel 6:21-23 – So David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me instead of your father and all his household, to appoint me a ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel. Therefore, I will play music before the Lord.
David very plainly told her he wasn’t dancing for her, his joy was for the Lord. He didn’t care what she thought.
(Verse 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.”
If we ever get to a place that we can’t praise dance, and sing, before the Lord, we better check ourselves. Intimidation from others when we want to celebrate the good things God has done, is not an excuse to stay silent.
(Verse 23) Therefore, Michal the daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.
David’s eyes and his focus, was on the Lord, Michal’s was on herself and other people.
The freer you are with the Lord in knowing what you are doing is right, the more confidence you will have. You can’t stop being obedient because of what some may be saying about you.
When your heart is after the “One” who gave His life for you, favor will flow like a river. Be faithful in the little things (details) and He’ll make you ruler over much. Don’t make excuses for disobedience. Pay attention to things that matter most!