Summary: We prefer the easy road. We try to avoid any obstacles. We must learn to handle “The Big Bounce!”
“The Big Bounce”
Pt. 2 - Bump Basics
David consulted with all of his leaders, the commanders of thousands and of hundreds. Then David addressed the entire assembly of Israel, "If it seems right to you, and it is God's will, let's invite all our relatives wherever they are throughout Israel, along with their relatives, including their priests and Levites from their cities and surrounding pastures, to join us. And let's bring the Chest of our God back—the Chest that was out of sight, out of mind during the days of Saul." (3 and let us bring the ark of our God back to us, for we have not inquired at it since the days of Saul.)
The entire assembly of Israel agreed—everybody agreed that it was the right thing to do. So David gathered all Israel together, from Egypt's Pond of Horus in the southwest to the Pass of Hamath in the northeast, to go and get the Chest of God from Kiriath Jearim.
Then David and all Israel went to Baalah (Kiriath Jearim) in Judah to bring back the Chest of God, the "Cherubim-Throne-of-God," where God's Name is invoked. They moved the Chest of God on a brand-new cart from the house of Abinadab with Uzzah and Ahio in charge. In procession with the Chest of God, David and all Israel worshiped exuberantly in song and dance, with a marching band of all kinds of instruments.
When they were at the threshing floor of Kidon, the oxen stumbled and Uzzah grabbed the Chest to keep it from falling off. God erupted in anger against Uzzah and killed him because he grabbed the Chest. He died on the spot—in the presence of God. David lost his temper, angry because God exploded against Uzzah; the place is still called Perez Uzzah (Exploded Uzzah). David was terrified of God that day; he said, "How can I possibly continue this parade with the Chest of God?" So David called off the parade of the Chest to the City of David; instead he stored it in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. The Chest of God was in storage in the house of Obed-Edom for three months. God blessed the family of Obed-Edom and everything around him.
2 Samuel 6:6 - When they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, the oxen stumbled, so Uzzah reached out and grabbed the Chest of God.
2 Samuel 6:12-15 - It was reported to King David that God had prospered Obed-Edom and his entire household because of the Chest of God. So David thought, "I'll get that blessing for myself," (Does anyone see enough blessing on your life that they want the blessing that you have?) and went and brought up the Chest of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David, celebrating extravagantly all the way, with frequent sacrifices of choice bulls. (KJV says offered sacrifice every six steps) David, ceremonially dressed in priest's linen, danced with great abandon before God. The whole country was with him as he accompanied the Chest of God with shouts and trumpet blasts.
A wise man once said “An unexamined life is not worth living.” This message is about examining your life.
A. Someone else's cart won't withstand your bump.
The cart had worked for the enemies of Israel, but their cart didn't work for David. David's cart wasn't suited to handle the bump. David learned very quickly that you cannot ride someone else's cart. When the bump comes their cart won't carry you! David tried to copy the method and experience of the Philistines. It worked for them so he thought if it was good enough for them it is good enough for him. There is a prescribed way or in other words each man must work out his own salvation, relationship, experience with fear and trembling. You can’t make it on your mom’s, pastor’s, or best friend’s, spouses relationship or revelation. Just because the row you sit on got blessed doesn’t mean you can just ride along on the cart and go home testifying that your life has been changed if it hasn’t been. Just because the cart got the glory for them doesn’t mean it will work for you. Learn from them, but don’t try to substitute their ride for yours. Get your own presence. Get your own experience. Get your own relationship and revelation. Get the blessing for yourself! Invite others to go, but be so determined in your own heart that if you have to do it by yourself you will. We are cart coveters. We covet carts because it is easier than doing the hard work for ourselves. Too many of us are guilty of trying to live in the overflow. We never get in for ourselves we just hope and pray that some of the overflow will come to us. It is time to get your own ride! It is time to press in for yourself, worship for yourself, pray for yourself, read for yourself! What is God's prescribed method for you to get glory?