As usual, my head is turned by one small sentence:
13: 3 and let us bring back the ark of our God to us, for we did not seek it in the days of Saul.
“We did not seek it in the days of Saul.”
We did not seek it.
The Ark is where the glory of God rests. It is the symbol of His presence. They did not seek the Lord’s glory, did not seek His presence in the days of Saul. It begs the question: what were they seeking then?Victory? Riches? Deeds? Signs? Wonders?
David’s statement reminds me of a question Jesus asked after he was baptized (or as my five-year old likes to say: when Jesus got “bath-tized” and the dove Holy Spirit came and everyone got “bath-tized.” That’s my boy!)
John 1:35 Again the next day John was standing [z]with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38 And Jesus turned and saw them following, and *said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), where are You staying?” 39 He *said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So they came and saw where He was staying; and they stayed with Him that day, for it was about the [aa]tenth hour.
Did you see their question to His question? “Rabbi, where are you staying?”
They were seeking His presence and I don’t even think they fully understood what that meant. I don’t fully know what it means either, but I know that if I seek anything, I need to seek His presence.
Psalm 16: 11 You will make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
I am really in need of that joy today. Pardon me, while I go seek his face…