The Ark Brought to Jerusalem
15 David built houses for himself in the city of David. And he prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it. Then David said that no one but the Levites may carry the ark of God, for the LORD had chosen them to carry the ark of the LORD and to minister to him forever. And David assembled all Israel at Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the LORD to its place, which he had prepared for it. And David gathered together the sons of Aaron and the Levites: of the sons of Kohath, Uriel the chief, with 120 of his brothers; of the sons of Merari, Asaiah the chief, with 220 of his brothers; of the sons of Gershom, Joel the chief, with 130 of his brothers; of the sons of Elizaphan, Shemaiah the chief, with 200 of his brothers; of the sons of Hebron, Eliel the chief, with 80 of his brothers; of the sons of Uzziel, Amminadab the chief, with 112 of his brothers. Then David summoned the priests Zadok and Abiathar, and the Levites Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel, and Amminadab, and said to them, “You are the heads of the fathers’ houses of the Levites. Consecrate yourselves, you and your brothers, so that you may bring up the ark of the LORD, the God of Israel, to the place that I have prepared for it. Because you did not carry it the first time, the LORD our God broke out against us, because we did not seek him according to the rule.” So the priests and the Levites consecrated themselves to bring up the ark of the LORD, the God of Israel. And the Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles, as Moses had commanded according to the word of the LORD.
David also commanded the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brothers as the singers who should play loudly on musical instruments, on harps and lyres and cymbals, to raise sounds of joy. So the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel; and of his brothers Asaph the son of Berechiah; and of the sons of Merari, their brothers, Ethan the son of Kushaiah; and with them their brothers of the second order, Zechariah, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, and Mikneiah, and the gatekeepers Obed-edom and Jeiel. The singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, were to sound bronze cymbals; Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah, and Benaiah were to play harps according to Alamoth; but Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-edom, Jeiel, and Azaziah were to lead with lyres according to the Sheminith. Chenaniah, leader of the Levites in music, should direct the music, for he understood it. Berechiah and Elkanah were to be gatekeepers for the ark. Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah, and Eliezer, the priests, should blow the trumpets before the ark of God. Obed-edom and Jehiah were to be gatekeepers for the ark.
So David and the elders of Israel and the commanders of thousands went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD from the house of Obed-edom with rejoicing. And because God helped the Levites who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams. David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as also were all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and the singers and Chenaniah the leader of the music of the singers. And David wore a linen ephod. So all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, to the sound of the horn, trumpets, and cymbals, and made loud music on harps and lyres.
And as the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David dancing and celebrating, and she despised him in her heart.
1 Chronicles 15 Commentary
by Hank Workman
The school of hard knocks is not a place any of us want to attend. It’s the place where through mistakes we’ve made, we learn. These lessons stretch across every spectrum of life. From our secular work, family life, relational interactions we all make mistakes. Hopefully, we learn from them. That’s what this schooling does – forces us to reevaluate many things and correct ourselves. But the school of hard knocks also is found in our spiritual life.
There are times for all of us we’ve been foolish and made decisions or taken actions which God was not pleased with. We all can testify how when we’ve acted at some point in our flesh consequences followed. In such times, you just sat down at the school desk and God is about to give a lesson on how He wants you to behave or act or respond.
There is no doubt, this is grace. It’s beautiful even though we’ve accrued some scars or wounds through our foolishness. But thank God He extends grace to us as He calls us forward.
David had learned his lesson. His first attempt to bring the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem was met with disaster. This chapter reveals David was teachable and desired to do it the right way this time.
You see, God is just as interested in the process as much as He is the end result.
For each of us, this is an important reminder. God has a way He wants us to follow. He has a response He desires us to have. Oh yes, He is very interested in the end result but the process of getting there is just as important to Him. Whatever decisions or change of actions He’s driving you toward, seek His Word. Seek Godly instruction. Seek and follow what He directs. Act upon these things.
1 Chronicles 15 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
Chapter 16 ends with an interesting and dramatic detail.
And as the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David dancing and celebrating, and she despised him in her heart.1 Chronicles 15:29 ESV
In 1 Samuel 18, David had married Michal during his service in Saul’s court. It was an up and down relationship, mostly because David was constantly on the run from Saul for about 10 years. In 1 Samuel 25, Saul gives Michal to another man. After Saul’s death, and David is anointed king, part of the agreement is that Michal be returned to him. Although this was most likely against her wishes, it was done.
As she sees David celebrating and dancing with all his might, she despises him. There is actually much more to the story as found in 2 Samuel 6.
And David danced before the LORD with all his might. And David was wearing a linen ephod.2 Samuel 6:14 ESV
And David returned to bless his household. But Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, “How the king of Israel honored himself today, uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants’ female servants, as one of the vulgar fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!” 21 And David said to Michal, “It was before the LORD, who chose me above your father and above all his house, to appoint me as prince over Israel, the people of the LORD, and I will celebrate before the LORD. 22 I will make myself yet more contemptible than this, and I will be abased in your eyes. But by the female servants of whom you have spoken, by them I shall be held in honor.” 23 And Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death.2 Samuel 6:20-23 ESV
Bitterness. Although David’s heart was to praise the Lord, Michal could not get past her jealousy. She was bitter and resentful and ultimately it affected the rest of her life. This is what sin does when it remains unbroken through repentance. The sin grows and grows as our heart becomes more and more callused. It’s a great reminder of how we must test our feelings against the Lord’s desires. A simple question like, “Why do I hate him so much?” or “Why do I despise him when I see him?” would have gone a long way in determining the source of Michal’s attitude. Though I fail daily, I try and ask myself these same questions!