2 Samuel 6:1-23 NIV
The Ark Brought to Jerusalem
1David again brought together all the able young men of Israel—thirty thousand. 2He and all his men went to Baalaha in Judah to bring up from there The Ark of GOD, Which Is Called by The Name,b The Name of The LORD Almighty, WHO Is Enthroned between the cherubim on The Ark. 3They set The Ark of GOD on a new cart and brought it from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab, were guiding the new cart 4with The Ark of GOD on it,c and Ahio was walking in front of it. 5David and all Israel were celebrating with all their might Before The LORD, with castanets, harps, lyres, timbrels, sistrums and cymbals.
6When they came to the threshing floor of Nakon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of The Ark of GOD, because the oxen stumbled. 7The LORD'S Anger Burned Against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore GOD Struck him Down, and he died there beside The Ark of GOD.
8Then David was angry because The LORD'S Wrath Had Broken Out Against Uzzah, and to this day that place is called Perez Uzzah.
9David was afraid of The LORD that day and said, “How Can The Ark of The LORD ever Come To me?” 10He was not willing to take The Ark of The LORD to be with him in the city of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. 11The Ark of The LORD Remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and The LORD Blessed him and his entire household.
12Now King David was told, “The LORD Has Blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of The Ark of GOD.” So David went to bring up The Ark of GOD from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing. 13When those who were carrying The Ark of The LORD had taken six steps, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf. 14 Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing Before The LORD with all his might, 15while he and all Israel were bringing up The Ark of The LORD with shouts and the sound of trumpets.
16 As the Ark of The LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing Before The LORD,
she despised him in her heart.
17They brought The Ark of The LORD and set it in its place inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and David sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings Before The LORD. 18After he had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in The Name of The LORD ALMIGHTY. 19Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins to each person in the whole crowd of Israelites, both men and women. And all the people went to their homes.
20When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said,
“How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”
21David said to Michal,
“It was Before The LORD, WHO Chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when HE Appointed me ruler over The LORD'S people Israel—I will celebrate Before The LORD. 22I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.”
23 And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.
Uzzah was struck dead for touching The Ark. GOD Saw presumption and irreverence in Uzzah's heart. Familiarity, even with that which is most awful, is apt to breed contempt. If it were so great a crime for one to touch The Ark of the Covenant who had no right to do so, what is it for those to lay claim to the privileges of the covenant that did not come up to the terms of it?
Obed-edom opened his doors without fear, knowing The Ark was a savor of death unto death to those only who treated it wrong. The same hand that punished Uzzah's proud presumption, rewarded Obed-edom's humble boldness. Let none think the worse of the Gospel for the judgments on those that reject it, but consider the blessings it brings to all who receive it.
It became evident that happy was the man who had The Ark near him. CHRIST Is indeed a Stone of stumbling, and a Rock of offence, to those that are disobedient; but to those that believe, HE Is a Cornerstone, Elect, Precious, 1Peter 2:6-8. Is The Ark a blessing to others' houses? We may have it, and the blessing of it, without fetching it away from our neighbors. David, at first setting out, offered sacrifices to GOD. David attended with high expressions of joy. On this occasion David laid aside his royal robes, and put on a plain linen dress. David prayed with and for the people, and as a prophet, solemnly blessed them in The Name of The LORD.
David returned to bless his household, to pray with them, and for them, and to offer up family thanksgiving for this national mercy. But even the palaces of princes are not free from family troubles. David was contented to justify himself, and he did not further reprove or blame Michal's insolence; but GOD Punished her.
Those that honor GOD, HE Will Honor; but those that despise
HIM, and HIS service, shall be lightly esteemed.