God blessed the house where the ark was

Today’s post is about a biblical character called Obed-Edom and his story is found in 2 Samuel 6. David wanted the ark of the Lord returned to Jerusalem, after it had been stolen by the Philistines. He sent some men to collect it from where the Philistines had left it. One of the men, Uzzah, in an attempt to stop the ark from falling, touched it and was struck down by God. Previously God had given strict instructions that no one should touch the ark. Terrified, David diverted the ark to the house of Obed-Edom where it remained for three months.

Obed-Edom showed great courage and faith in taking the ark into his house. The scriptures state that King David was afraid but Obed-Edom showed great courage. Then we come to this post’s scripture. Obed-Edom was a Gittite – from Gath and they were on the border with Israel at that time.

The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and the Lord blessed him and his entire household (2 Samuel 6:12).

It was during this period that the scriptures state that the house of Obed-Edom was blessed.

The blessing was in direct response to the presence and power of God.

The presence of God blessed Obed-Edom’s house abundantly. I would imagine that included favour, protection, healing, blessing – whatever is needed for a successful life. The household of Obed-Edom came under intensive blessing. He, his family and everything around him was blessed. We can expect God to start blessing us when we allow the presence of God into our lives.

When King David was told that the house of Obed-Edom was blessed because of the ark, he decided to try again for the second time to bring the ark back to Jerusalem. I can imagine Obed-Edom’s disappointment when David came back to take the ark. Obed-Edom probably didn’t want to part with it, so I guess that’s why he packed his bags with his family and went with the ark to Jerusalem.

So what was special about the ark? Well, quite simply, it represented the power, presence and the manifest glory of God. There is so much talk in some Christian quarters about being ‘carriers of the presence’. That’s true but if we are presence carriers, then we can also be ‘blessing carriers’.

The story of Obed-Edom is interesting. Later in the book of Chronicles, we read of him being a minister before the ark when the ark was finally brought to the place that David had built for it. He was also a musician, gatekeeper and doorkeeper in God’s house. It seemed as if he could not stay away from the ark.

It must have been the initial blessing that he experienced, that motivated Obed-Edom to follow the ark wherever it went. He opened his house to the glory of God and by default the constant presence of God.

I guess the song “O taste and see that the Lord is good” comes to mind. He had experienced the blessing associated with the ark and he wasn’t going to let it go. He could not be kept away from God’s presence.

We need to ask ourselves is the presence of God in my house and if it is, is this evidenced by the blessing of God?

We can expect God to start blessing us when we allow the presence of God in our house.

When we have God’s blessing in our house, it will affect all our lives and all that we have. We will be blessed and it will cause people to notice.

In the next post, we will examine the specific blessings that Obed-Edom experienced but for now, our prayer should be “Lord, I invite Your presence into my house. I want to be a blessing carrier”.

So until I appear again with more insight from the scriptures, stay blessed



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