This reading from Samuel runs alongside a previous reading from Chronicles but goes into better detail. It tells of the man who reached out to protect the Ark of the Covenant from falling and God strikes him down. For a while, David was scared to have the Ark in his land and kept it away for 3 months. He finally brings the Ark home and dances the whole way. In fact, it says he "danced with all his might". I would have LOVED to see this--a king of Israel dances fiercely before God... fun times. One of Saul's daughters comes out and tells him he's being ridiculous, and David basically tells her she's just jealous because God chose him and not her dad--boom roasted!
The Chronicles passage is very similar to the Samuel passage, but the order of things reads differently. In Samuel, David becomes king, defeats the Philistines then moves the Ark twice. In Chronicles, he becomes king, moves the ark, defeats the Philistines, then moves the Ark again. Not sure why there is a disparity, but the Samuel passage definitely reads easier. It's really helpful to read the same passage from 2 different points of view. It offers new insight and understanding.
From what I read, the entire time they are moving the Ark and setting it up, there is great dancing and music. How amazing would it have been to witness this first-hand--an entire nation making music and dancing and singing to God in celebration... oh how I'd love to be a fly on the wall.
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