April 26 – Bless God with Great Rejoicing

Even kings need a time of transition to settle into the role and put things in order as they should be.  Such was the case for David and the ark of God.   After an unsuccessful attempt of transporting the ark of God to Jerusalem, it was left at the house of Obed-edom for three months, and the Lord blessed Obed-edom and his whole family.  Then King David received this report: “The Lord has blessed Obed-edom’s family and all that belongs to him because of the ark of God.” So David went and had the ark of God brought up from Obed-edom’s house to the city of David with rejoicing.  It seemed everyone, except David’s wife Michal, was extremely joyful. Great thankfulness was expressed as they celebrated the return of the ark.  When David had finished offering the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of Yahweh of Hosts.

1 Chronicles 16 records the same events and shares some additional interesting detail including a song that David wrote for the event.  The passage ends with: Then all the people returned to their homes, and David turned and went home to bless his own family.  I love how blessings and rejoicing go together.  We can often feel a sense of being blessed after a meaningful time with God in church. Be blessed and happy, celebrate, then return home to be a blessing to your family as you joyfully seek to meet their needs.  And even after the emotional mountaintop experience levels out into the valley of day-to-day living, bless on.

2 Samuel 6:11b-12, 18 HCSB; 1 Chronicles 16:43 NLT