- 1 Chronicles 12:1-15:29
David’s life had him moving from one place to another. From the wilderness to the palace. Those beside him ranged from rough warriors to temple-serving Levites. Change and movement seem to characterize his life. And in this passage, he identifies an err needing attention:
David “…said to them, ‘You are the heads of the fathers’ houses of the Levites; sanctify yourselves, you and your brethren, that you may bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel to the place I have prepared for it. For because you did not do it the first time, the Lord our God broke out against us, because we did not consult Him about the proper order.’ So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel.” –I Chronicles 15:12-14, NKJV
Despite his life of change, David recognized that the order of his life and actions needed to start with God. When he sought God first, he could be confident in the direction he led the people. However, when he went aside from God’s order, things tended to go awry.
The ark of God represented His presence with the people. The Levites had failed to sanctify themselves before according to the proper order with dire results. David recognized this and put the order back in place according to God’s design.
And I recognize in my own life areas where I may have sought God a while ago, but it has been some time since I asked if what He directed then is still valid now. It may have been perfect for that time, but is it still the approach He wants today?
I see areas in desperate need of sanctification. As vessels of God in this world, we are a light testifying to His presence. How arrogant for me to believe I can reflect Him if I have not sought Him.