Read 98.) II Samuel 6:12 thru 19, and I Chronicles 15:1 thru 16:43, along with Psalms 105 and 96. We’re right about 1002 BC, and David is about 37 years of age. He had attempted to bring the Ark of God to Jerusalem, but the event went bad, and out of fear, he left it with one Obed-Edom. It resided there with him for 3 months, and God richly blessed that man because of it. So, David, now the wiser, employed the aid of the proper priests, who carried the Ark on their shoulders, as had been prescribed in the Law from nearly 450 years before, under Moses. It was an incredible spectacle, as we read that a sacrifice was offered after every 6 steps of these priests! The II Samuel account is rather brief. We go to I Chron. 15:1-16:43 for a more full description of the entire event.
Going there, and we read of all that David had learned concerning the transport of the Ark. Notice, we learn that David inquired of the Lord as to how it was to have been moved, says 15:13. Now, this could mean that he had made it a matter of prayer, and asked for wisdom and insight, or, it could just as well mean that he went to their Bible, as verse 15 intimates to us. If so, in David’s day, he and Israel revered the 5 Books of Moses as the word of the Lord, as we all should! Note again, that musical instruments of a percussion, stringed and wind variety were employed in the worship of God, as well as skillful singing. We can know that God was pleased, and took delight in it all, because verse 26 tells us of how that He helped in the event. From I Chron.16:4, we have a mention of some of the key elements that constitute prayer unto the Lord. Let them include petitions, the giving of thanks, and much praise! 16:7-36 is then a Psalm, like the ones we read next.
We go to Psalms 105 and 96, both of which appear to have been born of this event, sharing many of the same lines, and were inspired of the Spirit of the Lord at that time. See, first, the employment of petitions, thanks and praise with Psalm 105:1-4. But, note especially, this whole idea of seeking the Lord, seeking His face! O, how God seeks those who would long after Him! But, note, too, mention of the first 3 of The 7 Promises and Prophecies. Mention of the first, many descendants, is found with verse 24, and goes back to Exodus 1. Mention of the 2nd can be seen in verses 25 thru 43, of their captivity and deliverance from out of Egypt. The 3rd is seen in the last 2 verses, with mention of His giving them their Promised Land. Then, with Psalm 96, we find much ascription of praise unto the Lord, for His glory, might, authority, and justice. He is good, and He is right! All the nations will one day come to acknowledge Him, when He comes to judge and establish His Kingdom upon the earth. It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell