Job Done

Pray: 

Father of life, may I worship You with all my heart regardless of what others think or what it costs.

 

Read: 1 CHRONICLES 15:25-16:6

[25] So David and the elders of Israel and the commanders of units of a thousand went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD from the house of Obed-Edom, with rejoicing. [26] Because God had helped the Levites who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD, seven bulls and seven rams were sacrificed. [27] Now David was clothed in a robe of fine linen, as were all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and as were the musicians, and Kenaniah, who was in charge of the singing of the choirs. David also wore a linen ephod. [28] So all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouts, with the sounding of rams' horns and trumpets, and of cymbals, and the playing of lyres and harps. [29] As the ark of the covenant of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David dancing and celebrating, she despised him in her heart. [1] They brought the ark of God and set it inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and they presented burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before God. [2] After David had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD. [3] Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins to each Israelite man and woman. [4] He appointed some of the Levites to minister before the ark of the LORD, to extol, thank, and praise the LORD, the God of Israel: [5] Asaph was the chief, and next to him in rank were Zechariah, then Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-Edom and Jeiel. They were to play the lyres and harps, Asaph was to sound the cymbals, [6] and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests were to blow the trumpets regularly before the ark of the covenant of God. 



Reflect: Are you more like David or Michal?

So at last, the triumphant procession enters the city of David with glorious music, splendid robes, and lots of shouting. The Ark is in place, God is present with his people, and all is well. It would have been easy for the king to relax his duties a little at this point. But no, David's leadership instincts assert themselves. David now supervises the free food handout to all the people (16:3) and then turns to the appointment of Levites to a permanent ministry of caring for the Ark.

Suddenly, amid all the celebration our eyes catch a glimpse of a figure at an upper window. It's Michal, David's wife and Saul's daughter, observing in the celebrations. As she watches her husband leading the procession, "she despised him in her heart" (15:29). So all is not well. The parallel passage in Samuel records that, at the end of the day, there is discord back at the palace (2 Sam. 6:20).

Why this strife? David, though a man of great esteem and influence, was willing to become undignified in the sight of God (2 Sam. 6:22), but Michal was ashamed. David was a great man, but his greatness was above all in his humility before the God who exalted him.

 

Apply: 

Consider how you can demonstrate your willingness to abandon all to Jesus both in public and private.

 

Pray: 

King of glory, You bowed down, came in humility and saved me. I bow before You.

 

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