Carrying Glory

“And David became angry because of the Lord’s outbreak against Uzza; therefore that place is called Perez Uzza to this day. David was afraid of God that day, saying, “How can I bring the ark of God to me?” So David would not move the ark with him into the City of David, but took it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. The ark of God remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house three months. And the Lord blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that he had.” (1 Chro. 13:11-14)

It was quite a shock… as King David comes to recognize that the Glory of the Lord cannot be handled with a casual attitude. Everything seemed to be going great until the ox stumbles, causing it to shift on the new cart. That’s when a man named Uzzah reaches out to stabilize the ark. And as he touched it, God’s wrath pours from the ark killing Uzzah and ruining the day. The event was tragic… and the blood was on King David’s hands. This was his first official activity designed to celebrate God’s choice of him as king and his unique leadership over Jerusalem as well as the Nation of Israel. The people knew he was a great warrior, but leading a nation required additional skills… like humility and a sense of stewardship. This parade included thousands of soldiers, leaders from all parts of the country, and months of planning. When you realize what a public embarrassment and significant failure this event was, we understand why the Scripture says “David was angry”.

Yet, after three months of David’s discouragement, he learns about the blessing of God resting upon the house of Obed-Edom. This was where the ark was left when the journey was delayed. It was in these days that David began to truly grasp the value of the Glory of God. As a man after God’s heart, he made some foolish mistakes. His second attempt to bring the ark into Jerusalem reveals some important principles for carrying the Glory. Now, he would take a different approach to accomplish a task in which he felt a more humble sense of destiny and passion to complete.

1st. Obey God’s Word:

The first principle of carrying the Glory of God and overcoming failure is to submit to Scripture. After failing to bring the ark to Jerusalem, David researched the Scriptures to discover the specific instructions for transporting the ark (1 Chro. 15:1-2). This revelation has enormous application for New Testament believers. What does God require of the born again, Spirit-filled believer in order that there is a sense of humility and stewardship… that we obey God’s Word!

2nd. Be Sensitive to God’s Purpose:

At the first effort, David was dressed as a king, because he wanted to display his military exploits. By the time of the second attempt, David grew in his knowledge of the Glory, at the cost of one of his soldiers lives. God requires humility before He allows us to have access to His Glory. So the king of Israel refused to wear the royal garments. Instead he wore the same linen garment as a common priest. The second journey was all about God, and less about David!

Scholars believe Psalm 24 was sung as the ark was being brought into the city. It asks the question, “Who is the King of Glory?” The answer illustrates the effort to move all attention away from King David and give praise to Almighty God. “Who is this King of Glory? The Lord strong and mighty. The Lord mighty in battle” (Ps. 24:8) and again “Who is this King of Glory? The Lord of Hosts. He is the King of Glory!” (Ps. 24:10). To carry the Glory of God, we must treat the sacred with reverent sensitivity and walk in an awareness of who the King of Glory really is.

3rd. Sanctify Your Heart:

Part of being sensitive to the heart of God is preparing yourself through the renewal of your mind (Rom. 12:1-2) or sanctification, which means to be made holy or set apart for divine purpose. The Bible describes David’s exhortation, and it was for the priests to “consecrate themselves” in preparation for carrying the ark of God (1 Chro. 15:12-15). As New Testament priests we must also allow God to cleanse us and sanctify ourselves daily, so that His Glory will manifest in our lives. The Bible says if we confess our sins, Jesus is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 Jn. 1:9-10), so that we will have the hope of walking in His Glory (Rom. 5:1-2). The Apostle Paul exhorted Timothy to cleanse himself to be a vessel of honor, made holy, useful to the master and equipped for every good work (2 Tim. 2:21).

Powerful Words of Jesus:

“These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble.” (Jn. 16:1)

Clearly, it was the desire of the Lord, Himself that we would not stumble in our effort to walk in the Glory of God. Yet Glory is not freely given… it must be stewarded and maintained as our life is being transformed. In other words, it will increase as we will grow in our ability to carry the “weight” of the Glory of God (2 Cor. 4:6 & 16-18). The more you behold His Glory, the more you will grow and be able to carry. We are told, “we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Cor 3:18). Scripture also explains that it is “Christ in you” that is “the hope of Glory” (Col. 1:27).

Today if we will hear His voice – He is calling us to carry the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord to the nations! (Hab. 2:14)

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