July 14, 2019
2 Samuel 6
The Presence of God
What Was the Ark?
The ark was a 3¾’ x 2¼’ x 2¼’ wooden box with gold plating.
The ark was the central piece of furniture in the tabernacle.
What Was the Ark Really?
The ark signified the presence of God.
The ark signified the presence of God who rules.
The ark signified the presence of God who reconciles.
The ark signified the presence of God who reveals.
The ark signified the presence of God who is holy.
Why Move the Ark?
Moving the ark meant that God’s people could no longer afford to marginalize God; God must be central to the lives of his people.
The Holiness of God
What Men Did
Men sought to honor God on their own terms.
What God Did
God was angry and righteously killed Uzzah.
God sought the glory of God.
God sought the good of his people.
What David Did
David became angry and afraid.
David pulled away from God.
What We Do
We try to set the terms of our relationship with God.
We get upset when God insists on being God and being treated as God.
We pull away from God when it becomes difficult or costly.
Our Joy in God
The Heart of God Toward His People
The heart of God is to bless not destroy his people with his own presence.
There is deep joy to be had by God’s people, in God’s presence, when we meet God on his terms.
Our joy in God must be a sober joy that holds onto both the holiness and the gracious kindness of God.
Who We Exalt
Making Much of Self
Man-centered people believe that you must toot your own horn or no one will be impressed by you.
Making Much of God
God-centered people understand that God is the one worth exalting with our lives.
A Humble, Honorable Servant
When we are captivated by God, we’re able to be a humble and honorable servant of God—for his glory and our joy.