1 Chronicles 15:12–13 .. and (David) said to them, “You are the heads of the fathers’ houses of the Levites. Consecrate yourselves, you and your brothers, so that you may bring up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel, to the place that I have prepared for it. Because you did not carry it the first time, the Lord our God broke out against us, because we did not seek him according to the rule.”
David had learned a painful yet valuable lesson; when seeking to move forward, do so with humble reverence and diligent obedience to God’s word. When he set out to move the Ark of the Covenant the first time, David’s lack of preparation and communication to his people resulted in the death of Uzza (1Chro13:10). He bore the guilt heavily. When he set out again, this time he sought the Lord’s commandments, assigning position and order to the priests and servants of the Lord, strictly keeping to scripture and communicating well to the people all they were required to do before their holy, holy God.
Indeed, experience has taught us many things. We also look back in shame over our hasty errors. Although we set out with all the best intentions to pursue careers, marry, rear children, move, purchase a home, etc., we did most with little prayer or diligent seeking. O, we prayed: “God, bless this decision, bless my work, and let this be your will and decision too.” Arrogantly we plunged headlong into one failed course after another. Today, we like David lament the lives we corrupted along the way. Today, we like David say: not this time. As we enter this new season in life, we are careful to commit our way to the Lord, diligently seeking Him in prayer and counsel. David did not let failure keep him from moving the Ark forward; neither should we be kept from moving forward in life. Now, in humble reverence we enter into His presence seeking His will, studying His word, listening for His still small voice and waiting upon His Holy Spirit to guide us and lead us as we are ready to obey.
1 Chronicles 15:25 So David and the elders of Israel and the commanders of thousands went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord from the house of Obed-edom with rejoicing.