Postscript to “Good Intentions Gone Awry”

More happened to Obed-edom than being the man King David had singled out when he was in fear of what Almighty God might do next (Good Intentions Gone Awry). Hurriedly depositing the holy ark in Obed-edom’s house, David got himself back to Jerusalem, where he could regroup.

Three months later he received uplifting news:  “Now it was told King David, saying, ‘The Lord has blessed the house of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, on account of the ark of God.’ David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the city of David with gladness” (2 Samuel 6:12 NASB).

While the priests properly carried the ark from his house to Jerusalem, Obed-edom played the harp and sang in the band that escorted it. When the ark was placed in its tent home, he was a part of the celebratory music service. Then, as the day of rejoicing closed, the king honored him with an assignment:

David left Asaph and his coworkers with the Chest of the Covenant of God and in charge of the work of worship; they were responsible for the needs of worship around the clock. He also assigned Obed-Edom and his sixty-eight relatives to help them. Obed-Edom son of Jeduthun and Hosah were in charge of the security guards. (1 Chronicles 16:37-38 MSG)

The day that God struck Uzzah dead on the spot and had King David shaking in his royal sandals was the day that He escalated blessings to Obed-edom and his family.

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