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The Cart - God Breaking Out          responsibility of carrying the ark. If there
          The ark of God had been separated from   had been any levity in the first instance,
        its tent for around 100 years. It had settled   there wasn’t any now. This didn’t mean
                                             that the weight of responsibility had
        into the Levitical family home of Abinadab   turned the event into a sombre affair. It was
        following its capture by the Philistines   a wonderful time of rejoicing and singing.
        and  its  subsequent  return  (1Sa  5-7).  It
        seems that David considered it prudent   The participants recognized the evident
        to have the ark brought to his new capital   help of God as they carried the ark (1Ch
        in Jerusalem as a means of uniting and   15:26). David’s response was to worship
        consolidating his kingdom following the   God by the offering of worthy sacrifices.
        death of Ish-bosheth (1Ch 13). The pomp   He had grown in his appreciation for the
        and ceremony took a solemn turn when   significance of the presence of God. In
        the symbolic presence of God (seen in the   humility he removed his kingly attire as
        ark) was visibly manifested in response to   he rejoiced and danced before the Lord
        Uzzah’s well-intentioned steadying of the   among the Levites and leaders of the
        ark when the oxen stumbled. David was   nation. If pride and expediency motivated
        understandably upset with the evident   David to bring the ark to his new capital in
        outbreak of God’s power, but this outbreak   the first place, humility and worship were
        paled in comparison to the response of   properly motivating him now.
        God to the curiosity of the men of Beth-  The Cake - Unity with God and
        shemesh (1Sa 6). The ark was left in the
        home of Obed-edom and sober reflection   Blessing
        was undertaken. The cart was understood   With the ark safely at rest in its new
        to be the problem. They had followed the   home, David turned to his people who
        Philistine mode of transport instead of   had gathered for this momentous occasion.
        the Lord’s prescription that it be carried   The original goal of unifying the nation
        by the Levites (1Ch 15:2). Three months   under his kingship had occurred, but now
        of blessing in the home of Obed-edom   under circumstances that emphasized their
        prompted a more serious, yet joyful, king   collective submission to the true Sovereign.
        to complete the return of the ark to its tent   We read that “they offered burnt offerings
        in the city of David.                and peace offerings” (1Ch 16:1), and it
        The Celebration - David              seems that David provided the animals
                                             for sacrifice. His heart was towards his
        Offering Up                          people and he desired to enable their
          Consecrated Levites were readied for the   worship and fellowship with God. As

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