2 Samuel 6* The ark removed from Kirjath-jearim. (1-5) Uzzah smitten fortouching the ark, Obed-edom blessed. (6-11) David brings the arkto Zion. (12-19) Michal's ill conduct. (20-23)1-5 God is present with the souls of his people, when they wantthe outward tokens of his presence; but now David is settled inthe throne, the honour of the ark begins to revive. Let us learnhence, to think and to speak highly of God; and to think andspeak honourably of holy ordinances, which are to us as the arkwas unto Israel, the tokens of God's presence, #Mt 28:20|.Christ is our Ark; in and by him God manifests his favour, andaccepts our prayers and praises. The ark especially typifiedChrist and his mediation, in which the name of Jehovah and allhis glories are displayed. The priests should have carried theark upon their shoulders. Philistines may carry the ark in acart without suffering for it; but if Israelites do so, it is attheir peril, because this was not what God appointed. 6-11 Uzzah was struck dead for touching the ark. God sawpresumption and irreverence in Uzzah's heart. Familiarity, evenwith that which is most awful, is apt to breed contempt. If itwere so great a crime for one to lay hold on the ark of thecovenant who had no right to do so, what is it for those to layclaim to the privileges of the covenant that come not up to theterms of it? Obed-edom opened his doors without fear, knowingthe ark was a savour of death unto death to those only whotreated it wrong. The same hand that punished Uzzah's proudpresumption, rewarded Obed-edom's humble boldness. Let nonethink the worse of the gospel for the judgments on those thatreject it, but consider the blessings it brings to all whoreceive it. Let masters of families be encouraged to keep upreligion in their families. It is good to live in a family thatentertains the ark, for all about it will fare the better. 12-19 It became evident, that happy was the man who had the arknear him. Christ is indeed a Stone of stumbling, and a Rock ofoffence, to those that are disobedient; but to those thatbelieve, he is a Corner-stone, elect, precious, #1Pe 2:6-8|. Letus be religious. Is the ark a blessing to others' houses? We mayhave it, and the blessing of it, without fetching it away fromour neighbours. David, at first setting out, offered sacrificesto God. We are likely to speed in our enterprises, when we beginwith God, and give diligence to seek peace with him. And we areso unworthy, and our services are so defiled, that all our joyin God must be connected with repentance and faith in theRedeemer's atoning blood. David attended with high expressionsof joy. We ought to serve God with our whole body and soul, andwith every endowment and power we possess. On this occasionDavid laid aside his royal robes, and put on a plain linendress. David prayed with and for the people, and as a prophet,solemnly blessed them in the name of the Lord. 20-23 David returned to bless his household, to pray with them,and for them, and to offer up family thanksgiving for thisnational mercy. It is angels' work to worship God, surely thatcannot lower the greatest of men. But even the palaces ofprinces are not free from family troubles. Exercises of religionappear mean in the eyes of those who have little or no religionthemselves. If we can approve ourselves to God in what we do inreligion, and do it as before the Lord, we need not heedreproach. Piety will have its praise: let us not be indifferentin it, nor afraid or ashamed to own it. David was contented tojustify himself, and he did not further reprove or blameMichal's insolence; but God punished her. Those that honour God,he will honour; but those that despise him, and his servants andservice, shall be lightly esteemed.
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