May 24

2 Samuel 4:1-6:23; John 13:31-14:14; Psalm 119:17-32; Proverbs 15:31-32

David defeated the Philistines and was ready to serve as King. He had acquired Jerusalem as his Royal city and it was not going to be complete without the presence of God. David assembles his elite fighting troops but this time it is not to go out to war but to escort the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem.

On the way to Jerusalem, the cart falters and Uzzah touches the Ark (which was a forbidden task). He dies instantly. David becomes fearful and leaves the Ark in the home of a faithful man of God, Obed-edom. For 3 months, Obed-edom’s house was supernaturally blessed because of God’s presence. David knew he needed this blessing in Jerusalem. However, this time, when he went to get to ark, he didn’t bring soldiers, he brought worshippers.

You see there is a time to fight battles but there is also a time to praise God! The journey from Gath to Jerusalem was long because every 6 steps, they performed a sacrifice to God. And, as they approached Jerusalem, David led the people in worship. He worshipped God so passionately, that he danced out of his robe. One of his wives became offended at his public display of extreme worship. But, David did not mind because he knew how much God had blessed him in bringing him from the field as a shepherd to become the King of Israel.

Has God done anything for you? Are you appreciative of how far God has brought you? Do you recognize where you would be if it were not for God? If so, then God deserves your best, unreserved, radical praise. (And, you don’t have to wait until Sunday!) Take some time today and give God a radical praise for all that He has done and has promised to do in your life!

Tomorrow’s Reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-8:18; John 14:15-31; Psalm 119:33-48; Proverbs 15:33

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