prayer at another level

prayer at another level

The Ark of the Covenant (part 1) – God Enthroned

In 2 Samuel 6:2 we read:

“He [David] and all his troops set out to bring the ark of God from Baale-judah. The ark is called by the Name, the name of Yahweh of Hosts who dwells between the cherubim.”

The word translated (‘dwells’ here and in other translations ‘enthroned’) is the Hebrew word yasab. It means, to live, inhabit, or dwell. It is used over 1,000 times in the Old Testament. Three other scriptures that contain this word are:

“But You are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.” (‭Psalms‬ 22:3 HCSB)

“But You, Lord, are enthroned forever; Your fame endures to all generations.” (‭Psalms‬ ‭102‬:‭12‬ HCSB)

“God is enthroned above the circle of the earth; its inhabitants are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like thin cloth and spreads them out like a tent to live in.” (‭Isaiah‬ ‭40‬:‭22‬ HCSB)

I love the picture this gives me! The God who sits enthroned, above the circle of the earth, between the cherubim, as King forever, and among the praises of His people, this God chooses my heart as His dwelling too!!! I am the Ark of the New Covenant; so are you; as is His church! Let that sink in and wash over you afresh.

This gives me pause, to think about the things I allow to ‘touch’ my life. It matters because God is holy and pure!

This passage in 2 Samuel 6 goes on to tell us of the wrong way in which David decided to transport the ark. Uzzah reached out and touched the ark and was struck dead because of “his irreverence”.

If Jesus is truly enthroned in your heart, think about things that may be ‘touching’ your life that might offend His holiness. Ask forgiveness, and repent from anything that God reveals to you. Then give Him praise for choosing to reside inside of you!!

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