So David assembled all Israel from the Nile of Egypt to Lebo-hamath, to bring the ark of God from Kiriath-jearim. And David and all Israel went up to Baalah, that is, to Kiriath-jearim that belongs to Judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the name of the LORD who sits enthroned above the cherubim. And they carried the ark of God on a new cart, from the house of Abinadab, and Uzzah and Ahio were driving the cart. And David and all Israel were celebrating before God with all their might, with song and lyres and harps and tambourines and cymbals and trumpets.
So David did not take the ark home into the city of David, but took it aside to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. And the ark of God remained with the household of Obed-edom in his house three months. And the LORD blessed the household of Obed-edom and all that he had.
—1 Chronicles 13:5-8, 13-14
by: Angie Osborn.
David had the best intentions. He was excited to bring the ark back into Jerusalem. Unfortunately, he did not pay attention to the details. God had set out some specific instructions about how the ark was to be moved and who could move it. David ignored God’s directions and the result was the death of Uzza—and a lot of confusion and fear on David’s part. As we seek to do the Lord’s work, it is important that we face it with joy and celebration. But it is also crucial that follow God’s lead and His plan. Through understanding of the Scriptures and prayer, we can do His work His way!