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The Road to Righteousness

1 Chronicles 15:1-13 :

David made himself houses in David’s city; and he prepared a place for God’s ark, and pitched a tent for it. Then David said, “No one ought to carry God’s ark but the Levites. For Yahweh has chosen them to carry God’s ark, and to minister to him forever.”

David assembled all Israel at Jerusalem, to bring up Yahweh’s ark to its place, which he had prepared for it. David gathered together the sons of Aaron and the Levites: of the sons of Kohath, Uriel the chief, and his brothers one hundred twenty; of the sons of Merari, Asaiah the chief, and his brothers two hundred twenty; of the sons of Gershom, Joel the chief, and his brothers one hundred thirty; of the sons of Elizaphan, Shemaiah the chief, and his brothers two hundred; of the sons of Hebron, Eliel the chief, and his brothers eighty; of the sons of Uzziel, Amminadab the chief, and his brothers one hundred twelve. David called for Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and for the Levites, for Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel, and Amminadab, and said to them, “You are the heads of the fathers’ households of the Levites. Sanctify yourselves, both you and your brothers, that you may bring the ark of Yahweh, the God of Israel, up to the place that I have prepared for it. For because you didn’t carry it at first, Yahweh our God broke out in anger against us, because we didn’t seek him according to the ordinance.”

In this life, there is no one who is perfect. Everyone sins. David's mistake cost him the life of a man. What made David righteous was that he repented of his sin. He could have stayed afraid and angry with God, but he didn't. Instead, he agreed with God, admitted his wrong doing and started doing what was right.

One of the best things a ruler can do is to tell those he leads what ought to be done so that everyone knows. David made it clear that what they had done was wrong and that "the ordinance" said that "No one ought to carry God's ark but the Levites." David knew that the ark needed be in God's tent and that the tent belonged in Jerusalem, so he prepared a place for the tent and made the Levites prepare themselves for the task of bringing the ark to Jerusalem.

We may not feel like worshiping the way that God desires, but if we call him God, we must submit ourselves to His will in everything. We may not start out in the right place, but we can change our mind and our ways and end up where God wants us to be, just like David did here.

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