1 Chronicles 15 … Consider the Prepared Place for His Presence

Now David built houses for himself in the city of David; and he prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it, (15:1).

The city, established under the reign of King David, is being built. And David, the man after God’s heart, understands Who the city actually belongs to, and Who in reality is to be their King.

A Psalm of Praise, of David.
I will extol You, my God, O King,
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever,
(Psalm 145:1-2).

As David is attending to the needs of his earthly kingdom, what is ever at the forefront of his mind is the need to bring back the ark of God, the symbol of His Presence. A place for the ark of God, the one who is to be their rightful King, must be made ready to receive their Royal Ruler.

But David and his people had learned their lesson, and they would not again make the same mistake. This time there would be proper preparation, preparation in compliance with His choosing and His ordinance.

Then David said, “No one is to carry the ark of God but the Levites; for the Lord chose them to carry the ark of God and to minister to Him forever.”… 11 Then David called for Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and for the Levites, for Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel and Amminadab, 12 and said to them, “… 13 Because you did not carry it at the first, the Lord our God made an outburst on us, for we did not seek Him according to the ordinance,” (15:2, 11, 13).

This time would be different. They would get everything ready. This time they would bring the ark of God to the Prepared Place for His Presence.

Consider the Prepared Place for His Presence

  • The Place for His Presence, Prepared in a willing heart
    • Now David built houses for himself in the city of David; and he prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it, (15:1).
  • The Place for His Presence, Prepared in a consecrated life
    • and said to them, “You are the heads of the fathers’ households of the Levites; consecrate yourselves both you and your relatives, that you may bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel to the place that I have prepared for it, (15:12).
  • The Place for His Presence, Prepared according to His Word
    • Because you did not carry it at the first, the Lord our God made an outburst on us, for we did not seek Him according to the ordinance.” 14 So the priests and the Levites consecrated themselves to bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel. 15 The sons of the Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles thereon, as Moses had commanded according to the word of the Lord, (15:13-15).
  • The Place for His Presence, Prepared with joyful worship
    • Then David spoke to the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their relatives the singers, with instruments of music, harps, lyres, loud-sounding cymbals, to raise sounds of joy, (15:16).
  • The Place for His Presence, Prepared by faithful watchmen
    • So the Levites appointed… 18 and with them their relatives… the gatekeepers, (15:17).
  • The Place for His Presence, Prepared under the king’s leadership
    • So it was David, with the elders of Israel and the captains over thousands, who went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord from the house of Obed-edom with joy. 26 Because God was helping the Levites who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the Lord, (15:25-26).
  • The Place for His Presence, Prepared with audacious devotion and steadfast unity
    • Now David was clothed with a robe of fine linen with all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and the singers and Chenaniah the leader of the singing with the singers. David also wore an ephod of linen. 28 Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouting, and with sound of the horn, with trumpets, with loud-sounding cymbals, with harps and lyres, (15:27-28).

How do we respond to the Prepared Place for His Presence?

A desire to be ready for His Presence, must move beyond desire; it must move to a commitment, willing to do whatever it takes. Preparation is more than necessary; it is mandatory if we expect to experience His Presence.

Today, let us seriously consider and meditate on some truths from His Word to lead us in preparing our hearts to become an acceptable dwelling place for Holy God.

Let’s ask the Lord to lead us in honest assessment and response, that we would be enabled and empowered to Prepare the Place for His Presence, today and every day.

  • Do I have a heart willing to Prepare the Place for His Presence?
    • When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You,
      “Your face, O Lord, I shall seek,”
      (Psalm 27:8).
  • Is my life consecrated, set apart for Him above all else, in order that I might Prepare the Place for His Presence?
    • Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect, (Romans 12:1-2).
  • Am I Preparing the Place for His Presence according to His Word?
    • How can a young man keep his way pure?
      By keeping it according to Your word.
      10 With all my heart I have sought You;
      Do not let me wander from Your commandments.
      11 Your word I have treasured in my heart,
      That I may not sin against You,
      (Psalm 119:9-11).
  • Am I Preparing the Place for His Presence with joyful worship?
    • Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus, (Philippians 4:4-7).
  • Am I Preparing the Place for His Presence as a faithful watchman?
    • Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world, (1 Peter 5:8-9).
  • Am I Preparing the Place for His Presence under the King’s leadership?
    • Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate, 14 that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which He will bring about at the proper time—He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, (1 Timothy 6:12-15).
  • Am I Preparing the Place for His Presence with audacious devotion and steadfast unity?
    • Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality, (Romans 12:9-13).

As it was with David, there will also be those who misunderstand, and perhaps even despise, our faith and devotion.

It happened when the ark of the covenant of the Lord came to the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and celebrating; and she despised him in her heart, (15:29).

Oh, may the fear of man never stop us from experiencing His Presence.

The fear of man brings a snare,
But he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted,
(Proverbs 29:25).

In closing, a quick word study is needed. What does it mean, to be exalted by the Lord? Some versions refer to the one who trusts in the Lord as being safe or kept secure.

But a look into the original language about knocked by socks off!

Exalted: “7682. שָׂגַב śag̱aḇ: A verb indicating to be raised, to be exalted; to be high; to defend. It refers to physical size indicating great height: city walls (Deut. 2:36; Isa. 30:13). In a figurative sense, it indicates a high, impregnable city or habitation,” Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance (emphasis added).

When we have placed our faith in the finished work of Jesus and grow to trust in what He alone is able to do, we will experience His Presence; for He is faithful. And through His Holy Spirit and His Word, He will raise us up in His truth and strength. And in this we can be confident; He who began the work in us will not stop until we become the Perfectly Prepared Place for His Presence.

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus, (Philippians 1:6).

Let’s Grow Together!

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