Trading Oxen in for Priests

Are you humble? No, this is not a trick question. Have you ever thought about the marks of humility? This Sunday at Redeemer we will see at least three marks of true humility as we consider Uzzah and Michal from 2 Samuel 6. At the end of this passage David completely humbles himself before the Lord and makes the astonishing statement: I will make myself yet more contemptible than this…(v.22). How does this selfless, God-centered attitude come to be? Is it natural? The answer to that is a resounding no!

This week we will see three marks of humility exhibited by David—a knowledge of sinfulness, repentance and a fear of Almighty God. We see early on that David has completely ignored the clear instructions on how the Ark of the Covenant should be carried (also cf. Num. 7:9; Deut. 10:8). David’s pragmatism results in the death of Uzzah, as he tries to protect the Ark from falling. David’s response to this disaster is telling of his heart: “And David was afraid of the Lord that day (v.9).” We read of David’s repentance as the Ark is properly moved to its final destination.

Does David’s attitude and response parallel your own? Are there areas in your life where you are replacing God’s clear commands for more convenient measures? This week we will see the devastating results of a careless attitude with respect to God’s holiness. Are there areas in your life that might result in disaster for those around you if you continue down a path of detached indifference? Are you humble enough to become undignified before others and to confess sin or admit to a gigantic failure? Join us this week as we seek to tremble at His Word and thereby attract the divine gaze of God Almighty.

May God help us all to be more undignified every day…

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