Summary: Message about David bringing in the Ark. Also about going deeper with the Lord.
Restoring the Glory in the House
Text: 2 Samuel 6:1-8
2Sa 6:1-8 Again David gathered all the choice men of Israel, thirty thousand. (2) And David arose and went with all the people who were with him from Baale Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, whose name is called by the Name, the LORD of Hosts, who dwells between the cherubim. (3) So they set the ark of God on a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the new cart. (4) And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill, accompanying the ark of God; and Ahio went before the ark. (5) Then David and all the house of Israel played music before the LORD on all kinds of instruments of fir wood, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on sistrums, and on cymbals. (6) And when they came to Nachon's threshing floor, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. (7) Then the anger of the LORD was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his error; and he died there by the ark of God. (8) And David became angry because of the Lord's outbreak against Uzzah; and he called the name of the place Perez Uzzah to this day.
The ark was a piece of the worship system in Israel. God gave Moses instructions in Exodus 25 on how to build the ark. This ark was designed to be a place where God would meet with the priest. They would offer up the sacrifice of atonement and the Lord would speak to the priests.
Obliviously this came to represent the presence of the Lord. As the Israelites would go through the wilderness they would carry the tabernacle and the ark. This was God would meet the people. When they settled in the land of Canaan Jerusalem became the center for worship.
Purpose of the Ark
Exo 25:22 "And there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are on the ark of the Testimony, about everything which I will give you in commandment to the children of Israel.
The Diming of a Vision
By the time we get to 1 Samuel we have been throughout the judges. Here we see about seven cycles of events. First the people would draw away from the Lord, then there would be judgement, finally the people would cry out for deliverance and then God would send a judge to deliver them.
Each time they would pull away father and father. Just a side note: if you are going through this cycle in your life a warning is that each time you try to get back it is harder. Don’t think it is going to get any easier. The enemy will attack you more especially with your mistakes of the past and each time you have more baggage to get rid of.
By the time we get to 1 Samuel we read a sad commentary of the conditions of the time.
1Sa 3:1 Then the boy Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation. 2 And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in his place, and when his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see, (3) and before the lamp of God went out in the tabernacle of the LORD where the ark of God was, and while Samuel was lying down,