Thanksgiving, Part 3

David’s Psalm of Thanks is found in 1 Chronicles 16:8-36.  It was offered up the day he brought the Ark of the Lord to Jerusalem.  This was his second attempt.  The first time he attempted to transport the ark, he did so in the way which seemed best to him, imitating the surrounding Philistines.  In his limited way, David gave respect to the Ark and to God.  The Ark was on a new cart with Uzzah and Ahio guiding it; but man’s understanding of holiness is infinitessimal compared with the infinite holiness of God.  The ark was a symbol of God’s throne.  It was meant to be carried on poles by consecrated priests–a litter fit for the Most High King–not carried like so much cargo on a cart drawn by animals.  As is often the case, the consequence of David’s sin was borne by another.  Uzzah had to die for daring to touch the ark–certainly he bears responsibility for his own actions and lack of reverence for the Lord–but he would never have been in a position to do so if David had not put him there.  David eventually brought the ark to Jerusalem in the prescribed way and his response was one of profound gratitude and thanksgiving.  Our God is not the God of do-overs, after all Uzzah was still dead, but He was and still remains the God of second chances and for that I am extremely thankful.

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