When one reflects upon the works of the Lord (in history), strength is found and the lonely heart finds a home. Repeatedly, we are exhorted to pay attention to our individual histories and learn from the mistakes we have made. If we learn from the past, we can live a more peaceful life.
King David tried to bring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem only to have a disastrous situation come upon him; he learned a dreadful lesson. Two emotions swept through him, anger and then fear. No doubt, after reflection, he learned that the Lord is to be praised, and not lightly treated (1 Chronicles 15:13). David had the Lord foremost in his mind, and even though he was sincerely moved to relocate the ark, the Lord’s expressed will was not to be compromised – even by such a great man like David, king over Israel. In this, there is a lesson for us. The year 2009 is closed, have we learned by the past year’s experience anything to make the new year better? RT