And David gathered together the sons of Aaron and the Levites: of the sons of Kohath, Uriel the chief, with 120 of his brothers; of the sons of Merari, Asaiah the chief, with 220 of his brothers; of the sons of Gershom, Joel the chief, with 130 of his brothers; of the sons of Elizaphan, Shemaiah the chief, with 200 of his brothers; of the sons of Hebron, Eliel the chief, with 80 of his brothers; of the sons of Uzziel, Amminadab the chief, with 112 of his brothers. Then David summoned the priests Zadok and Abiathar, and the Levites Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel, and Amminadab, and said to them, “You are the heads of the fathers’ houses of the Levites. Consecrate yourselves, you and your brothers, so that you may bring up the ark of the LORD, the God of Israel, to the place that I have prepared for it. Because you did not carry it the first time, the LORD our God broke out against us, because we did not seek him according to the rule.”
—1 Chronicles 15:4-13
by: Angie Osborn.
David had been humbled by his first attempt to move the ark. This time, he understood the importance of following God’s directives. He read Scripture, prayed, repented, and tried again; this time following God’s plan. Often, we get caught up in ministry opportunities but get focused on the emotion, or the program, or the numbers, or…. Like David, it is important for us to be sure that God is at the center and it is His direction we are following. It is important to be excited about the ministry we are doing; it is important to have a good program and plan; but it is most important that we focus on the presence of God and doing things the way He would have us do them.