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.
1 Chronicles 15:15
In chapters fifteen and sixteen, David made a successful second attempt to bring the Ark into Jerusalem. This go around, David did things the way God instructed they be done. The priests and Levites were gathered and consecrated and carried the Ark in the way that God had prescribed. There were no issues save one: David’s first wife, Michal, hated David’s exuberance and his disdain for appearances while he praised God as the Ark was brought into the city. Once the Ark was in Jerusalem, David assigned Levites to sing praises to God and an exemplar psalm is provided.
All of this drives home a simple message: Approach God in the way that He has prescribed. There are many people who claim that all ways lead to God. While they may, only one Way leads to the entrance gates of Heaven — Jesus Christ — all others lead to the Judgment Seat. The choice is mine.
There is a corollary to that message, though. The result of coming to God in the Way He has prescribed is joy. There was rejoicing over the Ark coming to Jerusalem. There was rejoicing over its presence in the city. There was rejoicing and celebration in general. The result of doing what God bids me do in the way He bids me do it is joy.
These chapters are also a proper progression from the chapter that preceded, wherein I am reminded to obey the will of God that I already know and seek God for the specifics. David had missed the will of God that he already knew when he tried to bring the Ark in the wrong way and had multiplied wives for himself — both wrong, as far as God is concerned. But David sought God for specifics when threatened. Perhaps it was in that time of addressing threats that David remembered that God had already supplied general guidance that should be obeyed.
Father, thank You for the regular reminders in Your Word that joy is the result of doing what You bid me do in the way You bid me do it. Please cement this truth in me that I might gladly do what You bid me do in the way You bid me do it.