2 Samuel, Chapter 6

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David Brings the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem

After his coronation and conquest of Jerusalem, David sets out to bring the Ark of the Covenant to the capital. The purpose of this measure is to bring the divine presence to Mount Moriahthe place where the Binding of Isaac took place (see Genesis 22) and where the people gather in connection and harmony with God. That is why David calls for a massive, lavish celebration. The Ark of the Covenant symbolizes the relationship between Israel and God, as well as God’s providence in the land. 

King David dances enthusiastically in front of the Ark as it enters Jerusalem. His wife Michal, who is also Saul’s daughter, expresses her discontent for David’s behavior, which she perceives to be unfitting for a king. David replies that emphasizing one’s inferiority in comparison to God is the true honor. We must always approach a house of God humbly and submissively. We must try to underline our deep admiration and not seek glory or attention from others.

“Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself! And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD. And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour” (2 Samuel 6:20-22)

Joy is feeling the light of the Creator.