* Balance in worship
Worship in the Old Testament was more than a sober religious exercise. David’s exuberance as he worshiped God with dancing and music is approved in Scripture. Our worship should reflect a healthy balance: Sometimes we should be reflective and serious, and sometimes we should show enthusiasm and jubilation. What do you need—more serious reflection or more joyous celebration? (NLT)
1 Chronicles 13:8 – David and all Israel were celebrating before God with all their might, singing and playing all kinds of musical instruments—lyres, harps, tambourines, cymbals, and trumpets.
* Balance between God’s blessings & judgment
Uzzah died instantly for touching the Ark, but God blessed Obed-edom’s home where the Ark was stored. This demonstrates the two-edged aspect of God’s power: He is perfectly loving and perfectly just. Great blessings come to those who obey his commands, but severe punishment comes to those who disobey him. This punishment may come swiftly or over time, but it will come. Sometimes we focus only on the blessings God gives us, while forgetting that when we sin, “It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” At other times, however, we concentrate so much on judgment that we miss his blessings. Don’t fall into a one-sided view of God. Along with God’s blessings cones the responsibility to live up to his demands for fairness, honesty, and justice. (NLT)
1 Chronicles 13:10-14 – Then the Lord’s anger blazed out against Uzzah, and he struck him dead because he had laid his hand on the Ark. So Uzzah died there in the presence of God. David was angry because the Lord’s anger had blazed out against Uzzah. He named that place Perez-uzzah (which means “outbreak against Uzzah”). It is still called that today.
David was now afraid of God and asked, “How can I ever bring the Ark of God back into my care?” So David decided not to move the Ark into the City of David. He took it instead to the home of Obed-edom of Gath. The Ark of God remained there with the family of Obed-edom for three months, and the Lord blessed him and his entire household.
Moses was told to purify the people. This meant getting them physically and spiritually ready to meet God. The people were to set themselves apart from sin and even ordinary daily routine in order to dedicate themselves to God. The act of washing and preparing served to get their minds and hearts ready. When we meet God for worship, we should set aside the cares and preoccupations of everyday life. Use your time of physical preparation to get your mind ready to meet God.
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