Sunday, May 04, 2008

Day of Rejoicing

May 4: 2 Samuel 5:11-6:23, 1 Chronicles 13-16

12 And it was told King David, “The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.” So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the city of David with rejoicing.
2 Samuel 6:12

David built houses for himself in the city of David. And he prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it. 2 Then David said that no one but the Levites may carry the ark of God, for the Lord had chosen them to carry the ark of the Lord and to minister to him forever. 3 And David assembled all Israel at Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the Lord to its place, which he had prepared for it.

25 So David and the elders of Israel and the commanders of thousands went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord from the house of Obed-edom with rejoicing. 26 And because God helped the Levites who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the Lord, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams. 27 David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as also were all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and the singers and Chenaniah the leader of the music of the singers. And David wore a linen ephod. 28 So all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouting, to the sound of the horn, trumpets, and cymbals, and made loud music on harps and lyres.
1 Chronicles 15:1b-3 & 25-28

“Save us, O God of our salvation,
and gather and deliver us from among the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name,
and glory in your praise.
36 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting!”

Then all the people said, “Amen!” and praised the Lord.
1 Chronicles 16:35-36

Day of Rejoicing

I am sitting in my living room in Pella, Iowa, watching all of the preparations for Pella's annual Tulip Time celebration which begins tomorrow. Today is the last day to finish all of the preparations; new lines have been painted on the roadways, special flags and banners are flying, the grandstands have been erected, and even extra trash containers have been placed along the sidewalks.

I know that behind the scenes even more preparations have been made beginning weeks and even months ago. Floats have been designed and built, bands have been practicing, dutch dancers have been rehearsing, and the list goes on.

Think of the preparations that David had been making to bring the Ark of the Covenant back home to Jerusalem. After the first attempt failed when Uzzah lost his life putting out his hand to steady the ark, preparations had been made to keep such a horrible thing from happening again. The priests had been consecrated, only the Levites would be allowed to carry the Ark, a place for the Ark had been built and a tent erected to hold it.

Imagine the joy of David and of all the people as the crowds lined the streets to watch the Ark go by. The Bible tells it in this way, So all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouting, to the sound of the horn, trumpets, and cymbals, and made loud music on harps and lyres. It truly was a day of rejoicing.

Take a moment and reread 1 Chronicles 16:35-36.

“Save us, O God of our salvation,
and gather and deliver us from among the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name,
and glory in your praise.
36 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting!”


Then all the people said, “Amen!” and praised the Lord.

Now that was truly a day of rejoicing!

It makes me long for heaven all the more.

God Bless You,
Linda


All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.





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