If you know anything about David, you know that he was considered a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14). So why then in verse 10 does it say, “So David was not willing to take the ark of the Lord into the city of David. But David took it aside to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite.”?
It is because David was both angry and afraid of God in that moment (verses 8 & 9). His decision was based on his emotions at the time. We know David knew of God’s power before he killed Uzzah because David asked God in chapter 5 if he would give over the Philistine army to him. God’s power was nothing new to him. But fear and anger in that moment led him to make the wrong decision.
Later David was reminded of the goodness of God and the blessings of having the presence of God in his life so he later retrieved the ark, sacrificed to God, and praised Him. God allowed David to repent of his actions, and permitted David to be in His presence once again.
So what can we take away from this series of events by David? First, we should acknowledge God’s sovereignty and power in order to have a healthy fear of God, but also know that we have been saved from the wrath of God through faith in Jesus Christ. We also should be slow to anger (read James 1:19-20). But whenever we do become angry and sin, we should repent and turn back to God with thanksgiving and praise for all that he has done for us.
Have you taken the time to fully acknowledge God’s power and sovereignty?
What does a healthy fear of God lead to in our lives? (See Proverbs 1:7 for one answer)
By: Jacob Kerr — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice: Worship and Students at West Campus