The Seeker and the Sought

From Lynda Lindsey 

David, to the priests and Levites prior to the second attempt to move the ark:

Consecrate yourselves, you and your brothers, so that you may bring up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel, to the place that I have prepared for it. Because you did not carry it the first time, the Lord our God broke out against us, because we did not seek Him according to the rule. I Chronicles 15:12(b)-13

Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually! I Chronicles 16:10-11

Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Tell of HIs salvation from day to day. I Chronicles 16:23

David, after a disastrous first attempt to bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord to Jerusalem, carefully sought and followed God’s rule for transporting the holy vessel. It was imperative that the ark, the place where God manifested Himself to His people, be treated reverently; to do otherwise was to exhibit contempt and scorn towards God. Before bringing the ark home, David made a special place, a tent, to house the ark, learned the proper way to transport the ark, and called those who would handle the ark to consecrate themselves, to be spiritually ready to stand before holy God.

God seekers, those who seek to dwell continually in God’s presence and rely on His Holy Spirit for guidance and strength, bear a responsibility to treat holy things in a holy manner, obediently, with reverence and awe. This foundation of worship, neglected when the ark was first moved, had disastrous consequences. But when David led the nation to worship God according to God’s rule, hearts overflowed in joy and thankfulness, with praise, singing, dancing, and great exultation. People remembered the Lord’s character and His deeds and ascribed to Him the glory due His name.

The Lord God Almighty, the sought One, desires to be found, to be known and celebrated by His people. God’s wondrous works and miracles remind us of His greatness and majesty, His holiness and power, His enduring, steadfast love. God is sovereign ruler and judge; creator and maker; His words and covenant are everlasting. God, glorious and splendid, Savior and redeemer, lets nothing and no one touch His anointed ones. David, to honor and praise God, made a special place to house the ark. What better offering of praise can we bring than to offer God our whole heart?