In today’s reading, David decided to bring the Ark of God back to Jerusalem. After an accident along the way, he grew afraid and left the Ark at the house of Obed-Edom for a few months. During this time, David was established as king. The Philistines gathered to make war against David but were defeated because God was with David. David tried again to bring the Ark to Jerusalem. This time he followed God’s instructions on how it must be carried, asking the Levites to perform the duties they had been assigned by God in the days of Moses. The Ark was taken to Jerusalem with great celebration. David sang a song of thanks, and then the Levites resumed the duties that had been assigned to them.
Today’s Nourishment: When David first decided to bring the Ark back to Jerusalem, he forgot one small detail in his planning. He forgot to ask God about His plan. David selected men to carry the Ark, but he did not select them from the Levites, who had been given responsibility for the Ark. When one of the men touched the Ark by accident, he was killed. David abandoned his plan for the time being, but a few months later, he asked God how to go about it, and the next time he tried, the Ark was successfully brought to Jerusalem.
How often do we get excited, as David did, about some plan we have? The plan may even be a good one, something that God wants us to do. However, we still need to take the time to pray about it, and let God guide us in the way he wants us to go, not rush into taking the wrong path.
Verse 11 in David’s song of thanks from 1 Chronicles 16 says “Depend on the Lord and his strength; always go to him for help.” I know there are many times that I get excited about something I am planning and forget to take the time to pause and ask God if I am following the right path, in the right time.
Join the conversation below; In what ways do you remember to ask God for his help? How do you know His timing?
Tomorrow’s Delight: Psalms 1–2, 15, 22–24, 47, 68