Feb. 4. Ark Placed in Tabernacle

II Sam. 6:16-23; I Chron. 15:29-16:43

After placing the Ark of the Covenant in its place in the tabernacle, King David offered burnt and peace offerings before the Lord. He presented each of the people a loaf of bread, a piece of meat and a cake of raisins. David also appointed administrative duties to various Levites. Everyone went home and he returned to his household.

During the celebration of the ark’s relocation, the king apparently had removed his robe of fine linen and danced clothed only in the linen ephod around his waist. That angered his wife, Michal who had seen the activities from a window. She severely rebuked her husband for his actions. David had the last word in the incident and, “Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.”

David continued writing poems of thanksgiving to God after the ark had been placed in its rightful place in the tabernacle. This psalm was passed to Asaph, one of the tabernacle musicians. It began with encouraging the people to give thanks and praise to God for His many blessings. They were admonished to seek Him in their lives.

The Israelites were reminded of the covenant that God had made with their fathers. That covenant had resulted in their presence in Canaan, the Promised Land. The psalm also related the history of God’s care up to the present time.

Because of God’s many blessings, man is encouraged to honor and fear Him above all of the gods, which are only lifeless idols. The Lord reigns over all the heavens and earth. They also rejoice in Him. “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel From everlasting to everlasting!”