David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. 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, which is called by the name of the LORD of hosts who sits enthroned on the cherubim. And they carried 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, were driving the new cart, with the ark of God, and Ahio went before the ark.
And David and all the house of Israel were celebrating before the LORD, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals.
—2 Samuel 6:1-5
by: Jasmine Lynch.
After God gave David specific instructions to win the battle against the Philistines and re-capture the Ark of the Covenant, David made preparations to bring up the Ark from its captors. He led God’s people in vibrant praise. He gathered 30,000 choice men. He had a new cart built for the occasion. They “played music before the Lord on all kinds of instruments” (v.5, NKJV). Whether our worship consists of quiet reverence or loud “hallelujahs”, many instruments or none at all, our worship of our great God should be heartfelt and extravagant. He is good!