Then the Lord’s anger was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him dead because of this. So Uzzah died right there beside the Ark of God.
David gathers his elite troops to bring back the Ark of God from Baalah of Judah (known also as Kiriath-Jearim). They put the Ark on a new cart to transport it.
As the Ark is going along, the oxen stumble and Uzzah outs out his hand to steady the Ark. Immediately he is struck dead.
David is angry at this and decides to leave the Ark right there. As a result, the people’s whose house the Ark stays in are greatly blessed by the favour of the Lord. David decides to resume his plan to bring the Ark to Jerusalem.
This time they do it properly as described in the Law of Moses. David dances and leaps before the Lord as the Ark moves onward.
Finally the Ark arrives in Jerusalem and is installed in a tent prepared for it.
David’s love for the Lord was passionate and unrestrained. He danced before the Ark in a way that his wife Michal deemed to be undignified. But David didn’t care about her judgement as his heart was to praise God.
It was important for the Ark to be transported in God’s way. To do otherwise could be deadly.
When we come into God’s presence we need to do so with humility, awe and reverence as well as joy and passionate celebration. If we treat God with a measure of disdain or over-familiarity we may die- if not literally, then at least on the inside.
Lord I love you, I worship you, I praise your name. Help me to retain an appropriate attitude of awe mixed in with the love. May I never take your mercy for granted. Amen.