1 Chronicles 13:3
And let us bring again the ark of our God to us: for we enquired not at it in the days of Saul.
Most golfers make an effort to hit a few chips and putts before teeing off to gain some sort of tempo and looseness. All athletes have similar pregame exercises in order to activate their muscles and mind before competition.
Something important was missing during the rule of Saul – worship of the one true God. Not only was God not a priority, but King Saul even killed a number of priests during his reign. In 1 Samuel 23:18, Doeg upon the orders of Saul “fell upon the priests, and slew on that day fourscore and five persons that did wear a linen ephod.”
One of David’s first priorities was to secure the possession of “the ark of our God.” The ark signified the presence of God among His people. David realized the importance of uniting the people of Israel by establishing Jerusalem as both a spiritual and political center.
In 1 Samuel 4:21, we learn the “glory is departed from Israel: because the ark of God was taken.” David made it a national goal to secure the presence of the ark. When David finally found the ark, much work and study were required by him to learn how to possess and transport the ark. The presence of God is something to be appreciated and respected.
The believer has a conscious desire to never start the day without first seeking the “presence of the ark.” His presence is secured by salvation through Jesus Christ. Even though the Holy Spirit abides in and guides the believer, we still desire and seek the greater presence of God in our lives. Our “ark” is manifested through a dedicated prayer life, study of God’s word, and regular worship of His power and glory. It is then our relationship with God is deepened and strengthened.
Starting the day with prayer allows the Lord to know we desire Him throughout this day. Prayer seeks His will and direction for our life. Additionally, we formally thank Him for the day and the many blessings He has bestowed upon us. Prayer allows us to express our appreciation for His presence and guidance.
By studying the Bible daily, we strengthen our relationship by reading about how God has dealt with His people throughout the ages. We are able to see His grace, His mercy and His judgment upon those who reject His provision. Further, we are able to see His guidance and presence in our own lives.
The regular worship of God isn’t isolated for Sunday mornings. Starting each day praising God reveals our thankfulness to our Savior for His grace and mercy. He is worthy of this daily praise. It will then come natural for us on Sunday morning when we make daily worship a goal.
Just as a golfer prepares himself or herself physically and mentally before a round, the believer must make a dedicated effort to start each day with the Lord. These efforts strengthen the believer spiritually. David made God a priority when he assumed the throne of Israel. The return of the ark signified that David made God a priority in his rule. When we outwardly carry “our ark”, not only will others around us realize God abides within us, but it will remind ourselves of our dedication to Christ.