Bringing the Ark to Jerusalem

It was 5 am and I was concerned!

We read about the first attempt to bring the Chest of God to Jerusalem. I mean, God struck Uzzah dead! God is serious about his holy worship!

In 3 hours, I would leave for church. I would sit at the keyboard to play. We would set an atmosphere where people could feel God. I did not want to end up like Uzzah!

I went back to bed and dreamed I was late to church! I missed the first song! David woke me an hour later. By the time we left, I was prepared!

Why didn’t the first attempt to move the Chest of God work?

  1. God wants worshipers, not soldiers, 2 Samuel 6:1.
  2. We can’t make anything to move God, 2 Samuel 6:2.
  3. Singing at the top of our lungs do not impress God, 2 Samuel 6:5.
  4. Doing the right thing incorrectly is wrong, 1 Chronicles 13:4.
  5. Exuberant music is not always worship, 1 Chronicles 13:8.

What did I learn from the second time they moved the Chest of God?

  1. Celebrate extravagantly, 2 Samuel 6:15.
  2. Offer a sacrifice of praise, 2 Samuel 6:15.
  3. Shout for joy and blow the trumpets, 2 Samuel 6:15.
  4. Follow God’s order, 1 Chronicles 15:2.
  5. Consecrate yourself, 1 Chronicles 15:12.
  6. Make proper preparations, 1 Chronicles 15:13.
  7. Follow instructions, 1 Chronicles 15:15.
  8. Handle holy things carefully, 1 Chronicles 15:15.
  9. Fill the air with joyful sound, 1 Chronicles 15:16.
  10. Guard the holy things, 1 Chronicles 15:17-19.
  11. Be ready, 1 Chronicles 15:25.
  12. Shout and cheer, 1 Chronicles 15:28.

Joe Short puts it best. “The worship team is like a pizza delivery guy. It’s not about the guy. It’s all about the pizza.”

May we never forget it’s a holy pizza!

1 Chronicles 15:28, “On they came, all Israel in parade bringing up the Chest of the Covenant of God, shouting and cheering, playing every kind of brass and percussion and string instrument.” The Message

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