2 Samuel 6

2 Samuel 6 is quite a change of pace.  David has moved from 30 mighty men to “the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand”.  That is quite a multiplication.  He decides to “bring up from there the ark of God” and move it to the city.  Along the path they were “making merry before the Lord” – this was a big deal.  As they went along the path, Uzzah and Ahio were driving the cart that carried the ark.  Along the path “the oxen stumbled….Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it….God struck him down”.

Uzzah is dead because he touched the ark.  “David was angry” – he was very unhappy that God had burst forth against Uzzah.  In fact, he decided backed on that not to continue to carry the ark into the city.  “David was not willing to take the ark of the Lord into the city of David”.  He left it with Obed-edom who kept it in his household and received the blessing for three months.  Where the ark sits is where the blessing occurred and word got back to David on that and he decides to get over his anger and move the ark to Jerusalem

We learn that “David was afraid” after his outburst against God.  He had second thoughts and came to realize that God was not unfair in His action – but only did what He had said would happen.  So David’s attitude changed and “David danced before the Lord with all his might”.  He was shouting and singing and had instruments playing in celebration of God and His goodness.  But not everyone thought that was behavior appropriate for the King.

Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, and she despised him in her heart”.  Remember that Mical was David’s wife but not one that he really spent any time with.  She felt his behavior was not kingly.  David makes it clear to her: “I will make merry before the Lord”.  He is not going to be bound by what she or anyone else thought.  He was celebrating God and His blessing.  He did not bless her with any children: “Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death”.  David has moved the ark to the city now.  It was quite a trip, but he kept his priorities on worshipping the Lord!

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