Where is Your Want?

1 Chronicles 13:6-14 NKJV
And David and all Israel went up to Kirjath Jearim, which belonged to Judah, to bring up from there the ark of God the Lord, who dwells between the cherubim, where His name is proclaimed. So they carried the ark of God on a new cart from the house of Abinadab, and Uzza and Ahio drove the cart. Then David and all Israel played music before God with all their might, with singing, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on cymbals, and with trumpets.

And when they came to Chidon’s threshing floor, Uzza put out his hand to hold the ark, for the oxen stumbled. Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Uzza, and He struck him because he put his hand to the ark; and he died there before God. And David became angry because of the Lord’s outbreak against Uzza; therefore that place is called Perez Uzza to this day. David was afraid of God that day, saying, “How can I bring the ark of God to me?”

So David would not move the ark with him into the City of David, but took it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. The ark of God remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house three months. And the Lord blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that he had.

1 Chronicles 13:12 (NKJV)
David was afraid of God that day, saying, “How can I bring the ark of God to me?”

 1. Be Willing

1 Chronicles 13:13-14 (NKJV)
So David would not move the ark with him into the City of David (Jerusalem), but took it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. The ark of God remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house three months. And the Lord blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that he had.

Be Willing

2. Be Flexible

He was a Priest

He was a Musician

1 Chronicles 16:4-5 (HCSB)
David appointed some of the Levites to be ministers before the ark of the Lord, to celebrate the Lord God of Israel, and to give thanks and praise to Him. Asaph was the chief and Zechariah was second to him. Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-edom, and Jeiel played the harps and lyres. 

He was a Gatekeeper

1 Chronicles 15:16 & 24 (NKJV)
So David left Asaph and his relatives there before the ark of the Lord’s covenant to minister regularly before the ark according to the daily requirements. He assigned Obed-edom and his 68 relatives. Obed-edom son of Jeduthun and Hosah were to be gatekeepers.

If you want walk in the Presence of God, you need to be willing and ready to do any job He has for you.

Be Willing, Be Flexible

3. Be Humble

Exodus 25:12-15 (NKJV) 
Cast four gold rings for it and place them on its four feet, two rings on one side and two rings on the other side. Make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. Insert the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark in order to carry the ark with them. The poles are to remain in the rings of the ark; they must not be removed from it.

What can we learn from Obed-Edom?

  • Seek after God’s Presence, and you will be blessed.
  • Blessing may not look like fame, fortune, influence, or position. But grace, peace, and the ability share the Gospel.
  • How can we experience God’s presence? Be willing, flexible, and humble.
Laurie Weaver