1. What are some ways your family celebrates Father’s Day? (Record responses on the board.)
2. What are some ways your family celebrates Independence Day? (Record responses on the board.)
3. What might be some wrong ways and right ways to celebrate these days?
4. What are some ways you might celebrate or worship God this week?
5. How does our worship take on physical demonstrations? (Raised hands, eyes closed, singing with deep passion, etc.)
It is one thing to express joy in God through a specific type of worship; it is another thing to demand that everyone embrace the type that we consider most appropriate.
6. What factors go into a person’s worship preferences?
7. Is a person’s worship preference more an expression of culture or personality?
Today we will read about how King David worshiped as the Ark of the Covenant was brought to Jerusalem.
To refresh our memory a little, last week we learned about how Abner, the commander of Saul’s army, gave his allegiance to King David. He pledged to lead the northern tribes of Israel to follow David. Since then, Abner and Ish-bosheth were both assassinated.
In 2 Samuel 5:1-8 the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and anointed David king over all the tribes of Israel. Then Israel marched against Jerusalem, which was occupied by the Jebusites. The city of Jerusalem has had several names throughout history; among them are Salem, Jebus, Zion, City of David and Jerusalem.
Read 2 Samuel 5:6-8.
Recognized! Read 2 Samuel 5:9-12
1. What are some reasons David had to celebrate?
2. What are some reasons David chose Jerusalem as the capital? (It was more centrally located; it was on high ground, easier to defend.)
David’s daily work was to build the city and establish regional power.
God’s provisions indicated He was fulfilling His promises to David and accomplishing His plans for the sake of His people.
3. Why should what God did for David cause us to celebrate as well? (In His provisions for David, God was fulfilling His purposes for our redemption through Jesus, who came from the line of David and was crucified and arose from the dead in the city of David.)
4. Through what people and processes did God provide resources for accomplishing His plans for David?
5. Through what people and processes has God done this for you?
6. Compare David’s building program to the building program of a successful church. How is the physical structure a mark of God’s favor?
7. How can it also pose a spiritual danger? (We become proud of our buildings and brag (in a spiritual way) about how much God has blessed us, just look at all of these beautiful buildings we have!)
Sometimes it is difficult for us to keep the focus on God and what He is doing. It is so tempting to say “Look what we have done!” when it is God and only God who deserves the praise!
In the mean time, David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem; defeated the Philistines and made plans to bring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. The Ark was at Kirieth-Jearim, which was about 12.5 miles from Jerusalem. His first attempt ended in the death of Uzzah simply because they did not use the proper method to transport the Ark. When the oxen stumbled and the Ark tilted Uzzah reached out to steady it and God killed him immediately. So they left the Ark at the home of Obed-edom. God blessed him so much that after three months David decided to make a second attempt at bringing it to Jerusalem.
Read 2 Samuel 6:12-16
1. What are some ways the people celebrated this great event?
This time he did his research and moved the Ark the way God had told them to move it. The Ark was to be carried with two poles and two priests on each pole!
2. What elements are required by God for honorable worship? (Humility. Sacrifice. The expression of reverence and adoration.)
3. Are any sacrifices required today when expressing worship?
4. Why is obedience the most powerful way to worship God? Read Micah 6:8 (Our actions can appear to worship God while instead glorifying ourselves.)
5. David took on the role of a priest. How did David conduct himself differently than some people might expect of a priest?
6. Has your opinion of Michal changed as a result of this study?
7. How can we avoid being critical of those who worship in ways that might make us uncomfortable?
8. Why might we be far less likely to criticize others if we’re wholehearted participants rather than spectators during worship celebrations? (If we are wholehearted participants in worship, our focus will be on God not others!)
Celebrated! Read 2 Samuel 6:17-19
Notice that David continued to lead the people in worship as he “offered burnt offerings and fellowship offerings in the Lord’s presence.” He also pronounced a blessing on all the people in the presence of the Lord of Hosts!
1. The Ark symbolized the presence of God. How can we recognize the Lord’s presence in our world today?
2. How should the awareness of God’s presence impact us?
3. How is planning a part of honoring God?
4. What would we miss if we limited celebrations to those that are spontaneous or emotional only? (Worship is an ongoing process of living our lives in honor of God, as well as commemorating special moments!
Summarize and Challenge!
Every Christian has reasons to celebrate because our heavenly Father has declared our independence from sin and death through His Son, Jesus Christ. This is why in our worship we exalt and celebrate our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, for His love and His sacrificial death on the cross!
How can we express appreciation to God for the people He has placed in our life to encourage us?
This week, worship God at work, at home, and during special occasions, like Father’s Day.
How can we best honor our Heavenly Father today?