NOBODY’S HOME 3-19-17
2 Samuel 6:10-12 Do David would not remove the ark of the Lord unto him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gitite. (11) And the ark of the Lord continued in the house of Obededom the Gitite three months: and the Lord blessed Obededom, and all his household. (12) And it was told king David, saying, The Lord hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness.
The title isn’t exactly what you might be thinking. It actually refers to where David first took the ark; into a nobody’s home. Nothing at all special about Obededom. As a matter of fact, his name means “servant of Edom”. He was a Gittite what means he was an inhabitant of the land of Gath. Edom is the area inhabited by the defendants of Esau. He was also a Levite. Further study has revealed him to be a singer and a gatekeeper.
To give a little background, the ark had just been retrieved from Shiloh and was enroute to the city of David and they were bringing the ark home to keep it safe from their enemies and to have God’s presence with them in the form of the ark. The only thing was that they started out wrong. They placed the ark on a new cart for the journey. God had given specific instructions when he had Moses create the ark that it was to be transported on the shoulders of the priest and picked up using staves. They were having a grand parade complete with music and dancing as they transported the ark. As they neared the threshing floor of Nachon, the oxen shook the ark and a man named Uzzah put his hand out to hold the ark. This kindled the anger of the Lord because it was forbidden to touch the ark, and he struck Uzzah on the spot and he died by the ark. If you have to die, it is good to die where he did. He died there by the ark. Put another way, he died right in the presence of God. David was displeased with the Lord’s judgment on Uzzah and would not take the ark into the city but that is when he turned aside and took it to the home of Obededom.
Can you imagine that? One minute he is possibly marching along in the parade hoping to catch a glimpse of the ark as he and the other singers are lifting up praise to God. And the next minute the king himself is asking him to take the ark into his home for the forseeable future. I can just see him as he rushes into his home and tells his wife, ” clear some stuff out of the way, we have to make room for the ark. We are going to keep it for a while!” Can you picture that? The excitement he must of had as they turned up his sidewalk to bring it into his house, the very presence of God! I can see him as he began to lay down some rules for his kids, telling them they were not under any circumstances to touch it. They could look at it all they wanted but not to touch it. I can only imagine what it must have been like. Every morning when they woke up, rushing into the living room to make sure the ark was still there. Just to see it first thing in the morning. What a great source of comfort it must have been to be able to lay eyes on the very presence of God every morning and look at it all day and again the last thing before going to sleep.
Does that picture in words have you excited thinking how wonderful that would be? Especially in light of the fact that the next few verses talk about how that the Lord blessed all that pertained to Obededom for the next three months while the ark was in his home. Can you imagine the throngs of people that probably wanted to come in and just be able to see the very presence of the Lord. Probably for three months non stop traffic just wanting to see it. Not the nobles and royalty probably but most likely just a bunch of nobodys. Nobodys just like Obededom had been prior to that day. Nobodys just like you and I. Just common folk that probably would never have had the chance to get inside the tabernacle or the holy place in the temple. Now they could pass through for three months right into the very presence of God.
Are you seeing it now? Common folks in the presence of the creator of the universe. We have that privilege every day. In the pages of God’s word we can go right before him. We even have an invitation to come before his throne boldly that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16). Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms (Psalms 95:2). Boy, the privilege we have and the unrestricted access to the Lord. We don’t even have to “wait our turn” so to speak. We can call on him anytime whether we need anything or not.
As far as the blessings God gave him, I believe they paled in comparison to the presence of the Lord being in his home. If you run some of the references you will see a few places where the kids likely wound up. Serving the Lord just as their parents did.
What about you? Do you have the presence of the Lord in your house? Are you anxious each day to get a fresh look at him first thing in the morning? Do you have a deep abiding peace just knowing that you don’t have to run to any one but you have a direct line to him when you may need it? If you don’t, you can. If you allow his presence in your home, it will pay off. On March 14th, we celebrated the two year anniversary of when my son Tyler accepted the Lord as his Savior. He mentioned it to his momma out of the blue on the 13th. He was saved here at home watching the Gaither Homecoming video “Precious Memories” on that Saturday night about 8:45. He told me that night that he prayed and asked the Lord into his heart and God saved him. Not trying in any way to lift ourselves up, but that is the kind of blessings that God will give you when you allow him and his presence to be the centerpiece of your home. From a nobody to a somebody by the grace of God. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!