(Apologies for not posting the Psalm yesterday! I'm on holiday and forgot to connect my computer to the internet. God bless, Gus.)
Read 2 Samuel 6:1-19
6 Once more David called together the best soldiers in Israel, a total of 30,000 men, 2and led them to Baalahh in Judah, in order to bring from there God’s Covenant Box, bearing the name of the Lord Almighty, who is enthroned above the winged creatures.i 3They took it from Abinadab’s home on the hill and placed it on a new cart. Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab, were guiding the cart, 4with Ahio walking in front. 5David and all the Israelites were dancing and singing with all their mightj to honour the Lord. They were playing harps, lyres, drums, rattles, and cymbals.
6 As they came to the threshing place of Nacon, the oxen stumbled, and Uzzah reached out and took hold of the Covenant Box. 7At once the Lord God became angry with Uzzah and killed him because of his irreverence.k Uzzah died there beside the Covenant Box, 8and so that place has been called Perez Uzzahl ever since. David was furious because the Lord had punished Uzzah in anger.
9 Then David was afraid of the Lord and said, “How can I take the Covenant Box with me now?” 10So he decided not to take it with him to Jerusalem; instead, he turned off the road and took it to the house of Obed Edom, a native of the city of Gath. 11It stayed there three months, and the Lord blessed Obed Edom and his family.
12 King David heard that because of the Covenant Box the Lord had blessed Obed Edom’s family and all that he had; so he fetched the Covenant Box from Obed’s house to take it to Jerusalem with a great celebration. 13After the men carrying the Covenant Box had gone six steps, David made them stop while he offered the Lord a sacrifice of a bull and a fattened calf. 14David, wearing only a linen cloth round his waist, danced with all his might to honour the Lord. 15And so he and all the Israelites took the Covenant Box up to Jerusalem with shouts of joy and the sound of trumpets.
16 As the Box was being brought into the city, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked out of the window and saw King David dancing and jumping around in the sacred dance, and she was disgusted with him. 17They brought the Box and put it in its place in the Tent that David had set up for it. Then he offered sacrifices and fellowship offerings to the Lord. 18When he had finished offering the sacrifices, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord Almighty 19and distributed food to them all. He gave each man and woman in Israel a loaf of bread, a piece of roasted meat,m and some raisins. Then everyone went home.
When the ark of the covenant was being moved scripture tells us that the oxen stumbled and someone reached out their hand to steady the box and they fell down dead because of their irreverence. Hard to understand; but important to remember something about the holiness and greatness of God.
David's wife Michal is embarrassed by his humility in worshiping the Lord in only a linen cloth and not the 'regalia' of a King.
Lord help me to be humble in my worship and service of you.
2 6.2: Ex 25:22
h Probable text (see 1 Chr 13:6) to Baalah; Hebrew from Baaley, or from the leaders.
i winged creatures: See Word List.
3 6.3: 1 S 7:1, 2
j One ancient translation (and see 1 Chr 13:8) and singing with all their might; Hebrew with all the fir trees.
k Probable text his irreverence; Hebrew unclear.
l perez uzzah: This name in Hebrew means “Punishment of Uzzah”.
11 6.11: 1 Ch 26:4, 5
19 6.19, 20: 1 Ch 16:43
m a piece of roasted meat; or a cake of dates.