1 Chronicles 13:9-14 NIVUK
9 When they came to the threshing-floor of Kidon, Uzzah reached out his hand to steady the ark, because the oxen stumbled. 10 The Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he had put his hand on the ark. So he died there before God.
11 Then David was angry because the Lord’s wrath had broken out against Uzzah, and to this day that place is called Perez Uzzah.
12 David was afraid of God that day and asked, ‘How can I ever bring the ark of God to me?’ 13 He did not take the ark to be with him in the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. 14 The ark of God remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house for three months, and the Lord blessed his household and everything he had.

This story holds together two aspects of God. It starts with Uzzah’s death as he reaches out to steady the Ark, which is being carried contrary to the Law on a cart rather than being carried on poles by the people. A shocking reminder that God is holy and other than us, to be respected and feared. After this, understandably perhaps, David abandons the Ark with Obed-Edom. Having God dwell with them leads to blessing. God may be holy and other, but he is also fundamentally loving (it is because of the Law that he gave the instruction to carry him in the first place, to prevent such harm). There is nothing richer than his Presence.

Thank you Father for the gift of your Presence through your Spirit. Help us to respect and embrace him in every moment.

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