2 Samuel 6:5-23

Bible Study Outline

I. Mistakes are Costly in the World
Then David and all the house of Israel played music before the Lord on all kinds of instruments of fir wood, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on sistrums, and on cymbals.And when they came to Nachon’s threshing floor, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his error; and he died there by the ark of God. And David became angry because of the Lord’s outbreak against Uzzah; and he called the name of the place Perez Uzzah[a] to this day. David was afraid of the Lord that day; and he said, “How can the ark of the Lord come to me?”

It’s one thing to disappoint a person. However, when you anger a person, it brings on an entirely different dynamic. When we do not follow directions or show reverence to things that are precious to God, they are very costly to the offender. Our sins are the errors we make, and it is why God cannot stand quiet. He left His word to abide by in life. We will make our mistakes, but we do not realize that it is costly. Scripture says the wages of sin is death; thus, our errors can be expensive.

II. Master will Compensate our Willingness
10 So David would not move the ark of the Lord with him into the City of David; but David took it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. 11 The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite three months. And the Lord blessed Obed-Edom and all his household.12 Now it was told King David, saying, “The Lord has blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.” So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with gladness. 

Obed-Edom’s house is blessed solely because of God being present in His home in the form of the ark. The ark is sacred and valuable to the Lord, so sheltering it means something to Him. He does not need us, but He sees our hearts and actions. By being cooperative and authentic, God blesses Obed-Edom because His ark is there. Bible says, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” When we allow God in our hearts and minds, He will bless us tremendously due to His presence in us. Once David saw God blessings, he could see a man that was honoring God and not being struck for his mistakes.

III. Must Cover with Worship
13 And so it was, when those bearing the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, that he sacrificed oxen and fatted sheep. 14 Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod. 15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet.16 Now as the ark of the Lord came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart. 

He danced out of his clothes, praising and worshipping God. Though his clothes are disrobed, he is still covered. The very praise and worship he is giving will cover him. With no concern about other people, He praised and worshipped the Lord truthfully. Others will hate your praise, but God will shield you from their hatred.

IV. Majority are Comforted by other’s Work
17 So they brought the ark of the Lord, and set it in its place in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it. Then David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord. 18 And when David had finished offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts. 19 Then he distributed among all the people, among the whole multitude of Israel, both the women and the men, to everyone a loaf of bread, a piece of meat, and a cake of raisins. So all the people departed, everyone to his house.

Everyone is blessed and helped when we work for Him. God inhabits the praises of His people, so we all are made greater when we honor God. Notice it is God’s servant that is working. Those who are blessed are those in his house and nation.

V. Miserable Complain but never Win
20 Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, “How glorious was the king of Israel today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of the maids of his servants, as one of the base fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!”21 So David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel. Therefore I will play music before the Lord. 22 And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight. But as for the maidservants of whom you have spoken, by them I will be held in honor.” 23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.

God tells us, “vengeance is mine, says the Lord and I will repay.”  We should never worry, wander, or wish anything on our haters. When people despise us or hate us, we waste energy seeking revenge and tarnish reputations needlessly because God will handle them. We can get temporary satisfaction by cussing them out, knocking them out, or calling them out. But what is more savoring- what we can do to our enemies or what God will do? Fear not him who can destroy the body only. But fear Him who can destroy body and soul then cast both in the fire. The enemies and haters of the Lord and His children will be dealt with appropriately when we give it to Him.