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Thursday, April 4, 2013

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After building the royal palace, David built a place to receive the Ark of God. He "assembled all Israel in Jerusalem to bring the ark of the Lord to the place he had prepared" (1 Chronicles 15:3, NIV). This was a moment of enormous significance to the king and to all the people.

The last time the Ark of God was transferred, God’s instructions were not followed, therefore now the king determined that only the Levites should carry it. David also “told the leaders of the Levites to appoint their fellow Levites as musicians to make a joyful sound with musical instruments: lyres, harps and cymbals” (verse 16). Responsibilities were distributed according to their gifts. We are told that “Chenaniah was in charge of the singing because he was skillful at it” (verse 22).

The king was very pleased. He took off the royal attire and wore a fine linen robe as the ones the levites and priests were wearing. David and all the people rejoiced before the Lord with shouts, singing and dancing.

David’s joy before the Ark is a vivid example for each of us. Regardless of our position in life, we are God’s children and need to be reminded that we serve a just, merciful and all powerful God. Worshipping the Creator, in the beauty of His holiness, fills us with joy and peace.

Jobson Santos
Adventist Media Center