What does it say?
Newly on the throne of Israel, David orders the Ark of the Covenant brought to Jerusalem from Kirjath-jearim where it had remained since the Philistines returned it after having captured it (1Chr 13; 1Sam 7; 2Sam 6). David devises a ceremonial and dignified way to bring the ark to Jerusalem, but it was not the biblical way. As a result, David loses one of his best men and the plan fails.
1Chr 14 establishes two common themes of David’s life: great victories among the nations and failure at home. 1Chr 15 records the proper way to move the ark, and a jubilant David lays out the structure to worship God in the Tabernacle. 1Chr 16 continues this theme of worship as the ark is put in place and we get a glimpse of worship in the days of David. Chapter 16 contains various excerpts from the Psalms.
What does it mean?
These chapters present many practical lessons. We can very easily do the right thing for the right reason only to violate God’s truth by the way in which we go about it. This is why it is important for all believers to be familiar with scripture and why we are engaged in this journey through the entire Bible.
David brought Israel to a position of military and political power. However, his home was not nearly as successful. In 1Chr 14 David takes more wives and has more children, a move that was quite common for men in power positions like King David. Being culturally acceptable does not necessarily mean being acceptable to God. David’s multiple wives lead to multiple problems that will plague him for the rest of his life and the nation for years to come.
Not only was David a great military and political leader, he was a gifted worship leader. The importance of praise, worship, music, dance, creativity and so many other wonderful elements fill chapters 15 and 16 and deserve our attention.
How will I respond?
When was the last time I got into trouble by doing something with the right motive but in a way that goes against the instruction of scripture? What can I learn from David’s example in bringing the ark to Jerusalem as described in Psalm 106 and 1Chr 13 and 15?
What is the place of worship and praise in my life? Have I over-intellectualized my faith? Do I fear to show emotion around other believers engaged in communal worship? What step can I take to move my worship to a higher level? Is there a contradiction between your worship and your attention to your family?