August 25, 2015: Daily Bible Reading with Commentary for 1 Chronicles 15-19
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Context: David’s first attempt at moving the ark ended in disaster. Instead of relying on others to tell him how it should be moved, David followed the instructions of the Lord, given through Moses. The day the ark came to Jerusalem must have been a great day! I imagine that the people who were there would remember that day for the rest of their lives. They would tell the story of the singing and joy in Jerusalem to their children and grandchildren. David arranged for the music. It was a joyous occasion! At least one psalm (Psalm 105), was written by David about this occasion. David sought to build a house for the Lord, but the Lord told him that it was not for him to do. David’s heart was in the right place, but the Lord had other plans. David marvels and is overwhelmed at the promises the Lord has made to him. David was very successful in battle and he continued to follow the instructions of the Lord not to collect horses, unlike Solomon. Notice all the spoils of war acquired by David. These were later used by Solomon to build the Temple. In chapter 19, God shows us that although David could be hot-headed at times, he tried to live in peace. In this case, it was the Ammonites who made war against David, who had sent a delegation to express sympathy.