“Obedience is doing what God says, when God says, with a happy heart.” Those words from Life Action, designed for little ears, ring true in our adult minds. We know that real obedience is doing things God’s way and not our own. When we choose to do things our way, rather than obeying God, we have broken the 1st Commandment: “You shall have no other gods before me.”
David and the people of Israel learned a hard lesson when transporting the ark back to Jerusalem (13). They placed the ark on a brand new cart. Wow! Imagine how wonderful that cart was. Think Rolls Royce turning out a one-of-a-kind vehicle just to carry something for one time only…spare no expense. But something went terribly wrong. The oxen stumbled, Uzzah reached out to steady the ark and God struck him dead. David was so afraid he put the ark in the house of Obed-edom and left it there for three months.
Then in Ch. 15 David prepares once again to bring the ark to Jerusalem. But this time he does it God’s way (15:15). God had given clear instructions how the ark was to be carried and they had violated that with the new cart. This time the ark would travel on the shoulders of the priests.
What’s the big deal? The big deal is “doing what God says, when God says, with a happy heart.” God demands complete obedience in word and action from an obedient heart. First, we learn his will from his Word. Then we do it. Simple, huh? (James 1:22)
Prayer: Father, my prayer today is first confession that I so often do not do what you say. Or often I do what you want but too late. But, perhaps most often, I am guilty of trying to obey you in half-heartedness. Help me, Lord. God be merciful to me a sinner. Help me to walk in your way constantly with a joyful heart that seeks your glory above all else.