“After David had constructed buildings for himself in the City of David, he prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it. Then David said, ‘No one but the Levites may carry the ark of God, because the Lord chose them to carry the ark of the Lord and to minister before him forever.’” 1 Chronicles 15:1-2.
Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; 1 Chronicles 14-15, Psalm 132, and Matthew 18.
Sometimes there’s more to a story.
Today’s two verses add to two stories.
In one of them, David and Nathan (prophet) have decided that the Ark of the Covenant should be housed in a cedar building. It had been in a tent when it was with Israel in the past.
The two of them plan, without God. Nathan totally encourages David to go ahead. That surely whatever David comes up with will be good. Then Nathan hears IT from God: “The tent is where I want to be housed.”
Note in the first verse that David is setting up a tent for the Ark.
The other story was about David’s attempt to bring the Ark to Jerusalem. It had been captured by the Philistines.
The Ark is put on a cart and as it is being transported the cart tips. A man named Uzzah (2 Samuel 6) reaches out and touches the Ark and immediately dies.
David is angry at God for what happened.
The Ark does not get transported to Jerusalem.
Now, in the second of today’s verses, the Ark is being transported. Note that David now understands what was wrong with the previous attempt to transport the Ark. The Ark is being carried not carted.
I must always do what God wants me to do. If I run off under my own power, I will mess up (in His Eyes) the most obvious of things. My ways are not automatically His Ways. I can’t trust myself. I need Him always.
“Lord, thank You for showing me the updates of these two stories. David gets it right and I will too, if I seek Your Will and carry it out. I love You, Father.”
There’s my way and God’s Way. Trust me, they aren’t always the same!