Week 15   Day 4


Many questions arise as we read the Bible

            Why would God do that?

            How come one person is favored by God and another is rejected?

Some things that we read seem neither





And we can't understand the ways of God!


The Bible is a call to faith--

            to believe even when we don't understand

            to believe in a God who loves each one

                        and always works toward the good

                        of all he created.



There was nothing hard-hearted about David 

David loved much 

            he loved living 

            he loved people 

            he loved God 

David didn't always love wisely or love well

Yet he always came back

            to his primary love

            which was God


When David danced with all his might before the Lord

             it sounds like a restoration

            of David's relationship with God
            after a period of anger and doubt 

Maybe that's what made it so joyful and celebratory.


                                 THE ARK OF GOD
         Does it bring life or death?  Blessing or curse?
                                        II Samuel 6


     1David gathered all the choice men of Israel, thirty

thousand,  2and arose and went with all the people to bring

up the ark of God.  3They set the ark of God on a new cart,

and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the cart. 
5Then 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, and cymbals.

     6When they came to Machon's threshing floor, Uzzah put

out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen

stumbled.  7Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against

Uzzah, and God struck him for his error; and he died there by

the ark of God.  8David became angry because of the Lord's
outbreak against Uzzah.

    9David was afraid of the Lord that day; and he said, "How

can the ark of the Lord come to me?"  10So David would not

move the ark into the City of David; but took it aside into the

house of Obed-Edom the Gittite, where 11the ark remained

three months.  And the Lord blessed Obed-Edom and all his

household.  12So David went and brought up the ark of God

to the City of David with gladness.  When those bearing the

ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and

fatted sheep.  14Then David danced before the Lord with

all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod.  

    16Michal, Saul's daughter, looked through a window and

saw King David leaping and whirling before the Lord, and

she despised him in her heart.

     17So they brought the ark of the Lord, and set it in its

place in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected

for it.  Then David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings

before the Lord, 18and he blessed the people in the name of

the Lord of hosts.  19He distributed among the whole of Israel,

both the women and the men, to everyone a loaf of bread,
piece of meat, and a cake of raisins.  So all the people
everyone to his house.

     20Michal came to meet David and said, "How glorious
the king of Israel today, uncovering himself in the eyes of
maids, as one of the base fellows shamelessly uncovers
21David said, "I will play music before the Lord,
2and be even
more undignified than this, and will be humble. 
As for the
maids, by them I will be held in honor."
           This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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