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Worshipping God Out of The Box

The journey back home to the heart of God in everyday worship is never quite straight forward. In our readings this week we are going to use the story relating the return of the Ark of the Covenant to a central place in the life of the people of Judah, as a discussion starter for us, as we think about the rightful place worship should have in all our lives. 

The Ark of the Covenant had a special meaning for the tribes of Israel. It contained the two tablets of stone on which the ten commandments were written, it also contained Aaron’s rod, which was a sign of God’s righteous judgements, and a jar which contained the manna that had sustained the Jewish people on their journey through the wilderness.

In bringing the Ark into Jerusalem David was making a statement. His kingdom would be founded on the Law of Moses, he would allow this law to rule with justice and righteousness and in doing so God would sustain and nourish his people.

What earth shattering changes might happen in our lives if we had the heart of David and began to place these three things at the centre of our lives? The journey back home is never easy.

 

Almighty 

Everlasting 

Father

In past days 

You have given symbols and signs

To those who looked to you for guidance

In order to find a way home

Some made a special box an Ark

To hold and preserve your covenant

But Your presence 

Could never be contained in a box

Somehow the Ark got lost, misplaced, stolen

But the truths that the symbols once pointed to still remain

Giving guidance to the homeward traveller

 

God of the Covenant

Use your law to convert and change my heart

Remind me that justice and mercy 

Make your law a living witness to the truth

Nourish my weary steps

With the manna that is found on the ground

For heaven touches earth more than I can ever imagine

Give me the faith to believe 

Nothing is lost 

Not even the Ark of the Covenant

For your presence

Continues even today

Long after a lost artefact

2 Samuel 6: 12-16

12 It was told King David, ‘The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.’ So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the city of David with rejoicing; 13 and when those who bore the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling. 14 David danced before the Lord with all his might; David was girded with a linen ephod. 15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.

16 As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal daughter of Saul looked out of the window, and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.

 
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