Tag Archive | ark of the covenant

I Chronicles 15:29 ” As the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal, daughter of Saul, watched from a window. And when she saw King David dancing and celebrating, she despised him in her heart.”

She could have been down in the street with the rest of the people singing and praising God…for the Ark of the Covenant was finally coming back to Jerusalem.  But instead, the bitter Michal watched from afar.  And when she saw her husband, King David, acting quite unbecoming for royalty , she publicly mocked him.  Her contempt continued to fester, blinding her from the true jubilation of the people and their sincere thankfulness to God.  King David attempted to explain this gratitude and joy to her in II Samuel 6: 16-23, when he told her, “I will celebrate before the Lord.  I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes.”  When the masks come off…when the pretentiousness is dropped…when we get real before the Lord and worship with all our might… Heaven moves – hearts are changed- the Lord is pleased.

II Chronicles 35:3 ” He said to the Levites, who instructed all Israel and who had been consecrated to the Lord: ‘ Put the sacred Ark in the Temple that Solomon son of David King of Israel built’ “

King Josiah ordered the Ark of the Covenant to be placed in the newly restored Temple…interestingly enough, this is the very last time the Ark is mentioned in the Old Testament. Some think it was carried away by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon when he plundered the Temple. But an old Jewish tradition says that the priests hid the Ark, and when the Messiah returns, He will reveal the hiding place, thus asserting that He is in fact the true Messiah.

II Samuel 6: 21-22 ” I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes.”

As the Ark of the Covenant was being brought into Jerusalem, King David was at the front of the processional. With shouts and trumpets, the entire house of Israel was welcoming the Ark back home. It says that David danced with all his might before the Lord as the celebration wound through the streets. But his wife Michal felt he had made a fool of himself before the people…to which David replied, ” I will honor and exalt my God with wild abandonment because of the joy and love I have for Him. Even though King, I know that I am totally insignificant and worthless before my Lord… and I and not afraid to show everyone just how small I am.”