In this chapter, we read about the preparation and then execution of the plan to move the Ark of the Covenant from the house of Obed-edom to Jerusalem. A few days ago, Tim mentioned that with the Ark of the Covenant (the presence of God) came much blessing.
This is why there was such preparation in moving the Ark to Jerusalem. David knew that it was the Levites who must carry the Ark because the “Lord has chosen them…and to serve him forever” (v.2).
The Levites successfully moved the Ark to Jerusalem with the help of the Lord and with great celebration. David had appointed singers and musicians to welcome the Ark with songs of celebration! “…all Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant with shouts of joy…” with King David “…skipping about and laughing with joy…” (v.28 & 29). This was a time to celebrate.
This was the presence of God being welcomed into the city of God. What a time for celebration! This was such a big event that the King, a man of honor, was dancing around and laughing with joy! Picture that scene! This was a big deal.
For us, the presence of God is not in an Ark anymore. The presence of God is in and with those who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The Holy Spirit indwells us, and that gives us a reason to celebrate, especially when we gather together for worship! (See Matthew 18:20)
This passage immediately made me think of my attitude when I come into the worship service. Often times, I don’t celebrate what Jesus has done for us joyfully like I should, but come in distracted by other things (and I’m the worship leader!). I don’t think I’m alone in this. When we gather together as a church family, we are celebrating what God has done for us through song, service, giving, and hearing the preaching of God’s Word. Our attitude and outward expressions should reflect the inward reality of our position in Christ. Every time we meet together it is a big deal.
Tomorrow is a big deal! We are meeting together to praise God through song and His Word, but it is even more special because we are giving to His Mission tomorrow. We have great mission projects that we are supporting this year, and I want to invite you to come ready to worship. Let’s celebrate together what God has done for us and is doing around the world with the right attitude.
What is your attitude when you come into a worship service?
How should it change?
Take some time in prayer to prepare your heart for tomorrow as we gather together to worship the Lord as a church family.
By: Lucas Taylor — West Campus Pastoral Ministry Apprentice