Good Morning! My name is Nancy Tanner, and I was asked to give you a devotional thought from the book of II Samuel chapters 6 and 7.
KEY VERSE: II Samuel 6:15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet. II Samuel 7:16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.
REFLECTIONS: II Samuel chapter 6 tells of the bringing of the Ark of God to Jerusalem.
David gathered his best men to help with this task because this was an important step toward providing a central place of worship for Israel.
The Ark of God or Ark of the Covenant, which God commanded Moses to make more than 400years before David’s time, was a wood box made of acacia wood overlaid with gold. Its lid, also known as the Mercy Seat, was made of gold as well and measured 3feet 9inches long, 2feet 3inches wide and 2feet 3inches high. It contained a jar of manna, the 10 commandments and Aaron’s rod.
It symbolized God’s immediate presence and glory among His people!
The Ark was brought out of obscurity with great joy! David and all the house of Israel played music before the Lord with instruments of all kinds.
The Ark was placed on a cart to be transported. This went against God’s command; the Ark was designed to be carried (Exodus 25:12-15). It was only to be carried by Levites of the family of Kohath (Numbers 4:15). The carrying of the Ark symbolizes the burden of the Lord, which the Levites were to carry on their hearts.
God was not pleased with the way the Ark was being carried. Uzzah put out his hand to the Ark of God and took hold of it. THIS WAS FORBIDDEN! (Number 4:15). God struck him dead for his action.
That day David developed his respect for God. The Ark successfully came to rest in Jerusalem.
Chapter 7 begins with David wanting to build God a temple. God in turn tells him that the Davidic Dynasty will last forever. The second part of chapter 7 is David and his prayers to God, most likely of Thanksgiving and praise, which were usually David’s types of prayers.
APPLICATION: We as humans sometimes push God to the limit until He rains down His punishment and allows something to happen that puts the fear of God into us. I remember that when I was a child my friends wanted me to participate in something that I knew would get me in trouble. I thought, If I get caught I would have to face my mother, and facing her put FEAR into my heart! Shouldn’t we have a similar respect for God as well?
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Saved: May 1995
Life Verse: I Peter 5:7- Casting all your cares upon him; for he careth for you.
Family: Husband Jeff
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Ministry Involvement at VBC: KidCheck and Sunday School Teacher for 4-5 yr olds
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