Now King David was told, "The Lord has blessed the household of Obed Edom and everything he has, because of the ark of God." (2 Samuel.6:12) he went with his people and was bringing it to Jerusalem with rejoicing. Ark of God was in captivity for many years and bringing it back became a national event. Before God, David felt it to be inappropriate to come as the King of Israel in royal garments but he came rather as a common servant in ordinary clothes.David acknowledged the Kingship and rule of God in Israel.
"David,wearing a linen ephod, danced before the Lord with all his might". (2.Sam.6:13)
Michal, wife of David and the daughter of Saul, was not happy that "King David was leaping and dancing before the Lord,she despised him in her heart." (2 Sam.6:16) When she told this to him, David's answer was "It was before the Lord,who chose me....I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes" (2.Sam.6:21,22.)
David remembered that it was the Lord who chose him as the King of Israel from an ordinary Shepherd boy. He was dancing and leaping to express his thanks.
When David saw God,he forgot about himself or what people will think about him. Michal was more conscious about herself and was thinking about what people would think.
Are we thankful to the LORD who brought us to this stage in our life?
Are we God conscious or self conscious?
Are we trying to give God all the glory or trying to get honour and glory from others?
Are we willing to be nothing before God and give Him everything we have got?
Are we willing to publicly honour the LORD with our position, health and wealth?
Let us be a DAVID for the LORD.
"And the ark of the Lord continued in the house of Obed-Edom the Gitite three months and the Lord blessed Obed-Edom and all his household" 2 Samuel: 6:11
Three incidents written in this chapter, give us some lessons that should not be forgotten.
⚡ The ark represents the presence of God. The ark of God was crafted as per the specifications given to Moses. It contained three sacred items, Golden Pot that had manna, Aaron's rod that budded and the tablets of the covenant. The Philistines captured the ark. Now, king David realizing its importance, and out of longing to honour God, decided to bring it back to Jerusalem. According to the instructions to Moses, the ark should be carried on the shoulders of the Levites. But David failed to follow the instructions and decided to bring the ark in a cart from the house of Abinadab and his sons Ussah and Ahio drove the cart. The wrath of God was on Ussah and he was killed.
⚡ It is a reminder to us to serve the Lord in reverence accepting his supremacy and follow his commands with seriousness. David's reaction to this incident was one of anger followed by fear, and be decided not to bring the ark of God to Jerusalem. Later, after hearing about the blessing on the family of Obed-Edom, David changed his mind and decided to bring the ark with great reverence as per the instructions of Moses. When the ark was brought to the city of David, there was great joy.As a mark of gratitude, they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings.
⚡ All our moments of joy must be sanctified with praises and prayers. Christ is our ark. In and by him, God manifests his favour and communicates his grace and accepts our adoration.
⚡ Anything done for the glory of God must not be despised. Michal despised David as he leapt and danced before the ark. As a result, instead of receiving blessing she incurred curse on her.
As a family, do we acknowledge and appreciate God in the proper way
Dr. Thomas David
Vengeance belongs to God 2 Samuel 4
David knew IshBosheth was not a strong leader but he had no intention of killing him.God promised the kingdom to David and he knew that God would fulfill His promise.
Racab and Baanah killed IshBosheth and brought his head to David hoping that David would reward them for it.David was so angry with them that he commanded them to be killed.David believed that vengeance belonged to God and that he would never take revenge himself or permit anyone to take it.
God does not need our help to administer justice or take vengeance.we should allow God to deal in His own way and in His own time.we should not desire evil for any person.we should leave the people who wronged us in God's hands.
God word says in James 4: 12 There is only one lawgiver and Judge,one who is able to save and destroy.
Cynthia Sathiaraj, Chennai
What am I
The Israelites had been treating the Ark as a good luck charm, or a symbol of God’s favour. It took Uzzah’s death for Israel to see that the Ark could not be treated like any old piece of furniture.
David obviously went and studied the scriptures for himself, and realized that the Ark represented God’s THRONE. Uzzah’s death showed Israel that for a sinner to approach God without the Blood of Atonement meant instant death. However, with the Blood sprinkled on it, the Throne of Judgment became – The Mercy Seat.
➡ As King, David’s role was to make sure Israel obeyed the Law of God. So David submitted to God’s Law, and had the Ark carried in on the shoulders of consecrated Levites. 1 Chr 15
➡ As King, David could represent Israel in repenting of congregational sin. So, David sacrificed an ox for the sins of the congregation & a fatling for his own sins. (Rf 1 Sam 6:13, Lev 4:13-15, Lev 4:22-24)
The 1st time round David brought the Ark in as a symbol that David had God’s seal of approval. The focus was on David entering as a triumphant king, accompanied by the Ark.
But the 2nd time round, David laid aside his kingly robes, donned the linen ephod (tunic worn by priests) and escorted the Ark as a worshiper, not a monarch. He was declaring that GOD was the True King of Israel, and that David was merely His servant. David escorted the True King of Israel to take His rightful place in the capital city.
✨ At Christmas we celebrate the coming of the King of Kings. It’s a time for dressing up in beautiful clothes… David laid aside his majesty to worship the Living Lord… Jesus laid aside HIS Majesty to be the Atoning Sacrifice… As I plan my Christmas outfit, I wonder… Whose glory am I proclaiming?
✴ And I will be still lower [qâlal = of little account, insignificant] than this, and will be base [shâphâl = low, humble] in my OWN sight. [2 Sam 6:22]
Michal was the daughter of a king who died ingloriously, a wife who had been brought back in disgrace. She wanted to gain self-worth through the respect accorded to her husband David. In her eyes, David’s actions robbed him of dignity… and by association, she felt robbed of dignity. She felt she was being made small in the eyes of the world, and that hurt her pride & sense of self-worth.
✨ David however chose to be small in his own eyes, because he saw the greatness of the True King, and he wanted the True King to be exalted. He didn’t care what the world thought of him.
Michal was focused on the “worship” due to her, thus her eyes were fixed on king David… if only her eyes had chosen to focus on the True King of Glory, she would have found healing for all the brokenness & loss she suffered in her life.
✨✨The wise men came with their eyes fixed on the star that would lead them to the King of Kings, thus they were filled with exceeding joy. Herod (& ALL Jerusalem) focused on a possible loss of power, and were filled with fear, anger…
What are my eyes fixed on?
Abba Father, how easily I forget who the True King of Glory is. Forgive me. Be exalted King of Kings! Be magnified in my eyes! Help me not to waste time looking at myself… Help me to keep feasting my eyes on You, Your Majesty, Your Holiness… In Jesus Name. Amen.
God told Saul clearly to destroy the Amalakites but he didnt and an Amalakite killed Saul
The Deeds of the flesh which can only be put to death by Beholding Jesus and resting in His finished work...those are our Amalakites today.
If we dont put them to death we fall short of the Awesome Abundant life God has for us
If we give place to these squatters, we fail to possess our possesions in Christ ❤
Love not the world nor the things of the world (lust of the flesh, lust of the eye and the pride of life). The Love of the world is in us when the Love of the father is not in us.
Note : it is the Love OF the Father
Love FOR the Father
A Revelation of the Fathers Love for us causes us to fall out of Love with the world ❤❤❤
When things get worse strengthen yourself in the Lord