1 Chronicles 15

I Chronicles 15 has David ready to bring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem.  You’ll recall that he stopped on the last attempt after one of his men touched it to keep it from falling and died.  But now “David assembled all Israel at Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the Lord to its place, which he had prepared for it”.  It was time to get the Ark to its rightful place and David was prepared to do it God’s way this time.  He tried a bit of a shortcut last time and that didn’t end well.

So “David summoned the priests Zadok and Abiathar, and the Levites Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel, and Amminadab”.  He calls together all the leaders of the Levite families and says “You are the heads of the fathers’ houses of the Levites. Consecrate yourselves, you and your brothers, so that you may bring up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel, to the place that I have prepared for it”.  They didn’t just head off to get the ark and bring it up.  They were to prepare and do it God’s way this time.

The plan was much more elaborate than just the men who were to carry the Ark.  There was to be music and dancing and David instructs the Levites to get all those plans in place too.  “Chenaniah, leader of the Levites in music, should direct the music, for he understood it”.  They had men who were ty play the lyre and some on trumpets.  Others were assigned as gatekeepers – it was quite a process.  Once they had the plan fully developed “David and the elders of Israel and the commanders of thousands went to bring up the Ark of the Covenant”.

You’d think this would be a grand celebration, and for most it was.  But there was one strange occurrence.  “As the ark of the covenant of the Lord came to the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David dancing and rejoicing, and she despised him in her heart”.  Michal is David’s wife as you may recall, daughter of Saul.  She was unhappy with his actions as a king, dancing and carrying on.  And her dislike of those actions soured her heart toward David.  She missed the blessing of bringing the Ark to God’s place once again!

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