Listen to the Marching
Pastor spoke on the ark of the covenant and the people having the ark near but not having the power. After the sermon I went to read about the process of getting the ark back. I was convicted when reading Chapter 13, David wanted the ark moved so he started the process of moving the ark without inquiring with God. While moving the ark, Uzzah touched the ark and God struck him down. David was very angry and I will be honest had I stopped reading at Chapter 13, I would have questioned the process. If you go on to read Chapter 14, you see where David defeats the Philistines because he asked for God’s direction not once but twice.
So David inquired of God again and God answered him, “Do not go directly after them, but circle around them and attach them in front of the poplar trees. As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the poplar trees, move out to battle, because that will mean God has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistines army.” So David did as God commanded him, and they struck down the Philistine army, all the way from Gideon to Gezer. 1 Chronicles 14:14-16
The second time he had to wait for the sound of marching but he waited and followed God’s commands. David defeated the Philistine army because he waited on God’s command and did not get ahead of himself. Many times, I feel like I need to wait and listen for the marching. God speaks to me but I want the process to go quicker or differently and miss the opportunity for God to go before me because I get in the way. When David did not inquire with God, someone lost their life but he defeated the Philistine army when he inquired with God and followed his plans. Sometimes we need to wait and listen for the marching.
Pastor Kendra Scott