David prepared and pitched the tent for the ark (he prepared a habitation), then proceeded to prepare the hearts of the people. Then David said, “No one but the Levites may carry the ark of God, because the Lord chose them to carry the ark of the Lord and to minister before him forever.” I Chronicles 15:2
…“you and your fellow Levites are to consecrate (refer to our study on the priesthood and the required preparation, Exodus 29) yourselves and bring up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel, to the place I have prepared for it. It was because you, the Levites, did not bring it up the first time that the Lord our God broke out in anger against us. We did not inquire of him about how to do it in the prescribed way (KJV- “ due order ”).” I Chronicles 15:12,13
RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PRIESTS –
As New Testament priests, we have a very important ministry; to usher in the presence of the Lord. We are the blood-washed, redeemed priesthood who have been given access to the presence, and as David came to the Levites, so our KING desires us to usher His presence into our tabernacle through thanksgiving, praise, and worship. This speaks to us of responsibiblity. (Remember the primary responsibility of the priests in Moses Tabernacle?) It is not another priest’s job to carry the ark for someone else, but each of
us individually, and with willing hearts, carry the responsibility that has been given to us. It is not a drudgery to usher in the presence, it is a tremendous joy, as we will see shortly.
DUE ORDER –
Paul, writing to the Corinthian church about orderly worship in I Corinthians 14:40 says, “Let all things be done decently and in order”. God’s “due order” is very important - without following His order, the ark may never make it to the tabernacle (remember Uzzah). But the fear of not being in order is what hinders some people from pursuing the presence thereby not letting “all things be done”. In the church, and quite possibly in our individual lives, we have focused on the “few” things that have seemed “unorthodox” or “different” to us in worship. If we would concentrate more on the presence, we would definitely find joy in ushering it in.
PROCESSION OF THE ARK
I Chronicles 15:25-29
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David the King (I Chronicles 15:25)
The Elders of Israel (I Chronicles 15:25)
The Captains of Israel (I Chronicles 15:25)
The High Priests (I Chronicles 15:11)
The Chiefs and Levites (I Chronicles 15:5-10)
Seven Trumpeters (I Chronicles 15:24)
Two Doorkeepers (I Chronicles 15:23)
THE ARK OF THE COVENANT (I Chronicles 15:15)
Two Porters (I Chronicles 15:18)
Singers/Musicians (I Chronicles 15:16-24)
Psalm 68:24,25 accounts this glorious processional, welcoming the presence of the almighty back into Israel, to Zion. With great singing and rejoicing, the presence of God was ushered into the midst of a nation that understood their desperate need of God. This scene alone should cause our worship to literally “explode” from our hearts as we usher in the presence of our King every time we worship. Even David stripped himself of his kingly garments, and put on the garment of the priest, a linen ephod, thereby recognizing his need of a greater
king, and submitting himself to service before the KING OF KINGS. David’s third anointing as King over Israel moved him into this KING-PRIEST ministry.
So the ark was brought to Mount Zion and placed in the tent that David had prepared for it (I Chronicles 16:1, II Samuel 6:17). David’s wife, Michal (Saul’s daughter) was displeased with David, the king, for only wearing the priestly garment publicly, and she despised him. Read 2 Samuel 6:20-23. Despite Michal’s rejection, David was determined to follow the Lord, worship Him, and cause Israel to come into the greatest fellowship with Jehovah that they had ever known.