Scripture: Then David was angry because the LORD’s wrath had broken out against Uzzah 2 Samuel 6:8a

Observation: Earlier in 2 Samuel 6, we see that David chose special men from all of Israel to go and bring up the ark of God.  The ark was special.  David knew this.  That’s why he chose select men!  That’s why he lamented that the ark had not been inquired of during the reign of Saul (1 Chr. 13). That’s why we are reminded in 2 Sam 6:2 that the Ark is called by “THE NAME!” The Bible makes clear that where the Name of the Lord is – there He dwells.  The Ark of the Covenant was nothing less than the throne of the living God!  All was well … except for a major fault … The ark was never to be carried except by the priests using special poles in the rings on the ark (Exodus 25:13-15)! And yet, David carelessly instructed the men of God to put the ark of God on a cart to bring it home to Jerusalem. That was the mistake.  Being on a cart, the ark was less stable, and when a man reached out to hold the ark so it would not fall off the cart – he died.  For no one could touch the ark of God. Period.

Application: Why was David angry at God?  God was only doing what He had promised to do.  No one could touch the ark of God and live.  Is it perhaps that David was angry at himself for allowing such a careless mistake to happen?  Don’t we often do that?  We get angry at God for things that we have no right to be angry for. God only acts in Holy and Righteous ways – according to His good and perfect will. This we know.  But when God seems to act in a way that we would not, or in a way with which we disapprove, we get angry at God.  Perhaps at those times we need to examine ourselves instead?  What is our motive?  Is it pure and  holy?  Does it seek God’s glory?  What is our knowledge?  Do we see all things as God does?  Are we not limited in both ability and information?  Isn’t it possible that something God does that we are unhappy with is actually something good that brings God glory? The truth is, often we are angry at God, simply because we are ignorant.  And we are selfish enough to blame God for our ignorance.

Prayer: Lord, help me today to recognize that you always act in holy and righteous ways.  Help me to examine my heart rather than be angry at you.  In your holy Name.  Amen!