Old Testament In a Year: May 10 – 2 Samuel 6, 7; Psalm 30

2 Samuel 6, 7; Psalm 30
Focus Verse: And David was angry because the Lord had broken out against Uzzah. And that place is called Perez-uzzah to this day. – 2 Samuel 6:8

When David and some thirty thousand people were bringing the ark of God to Jerusalem, they were all in a good mood. Everyone was making music and celebrating before the Lord. When they came to a certain place, the oxen who were carrying the ark stumbled, and a man named Uzzah reached out his hand to steady the ark. Uzzah didn’t intentionally disobey or disrespect God with his action. He was just trying to keep the ark from falling. David knew this, and he was angry that God killed Uzzah because of his well-meaning error.

After feeling angry, David also felt afraid. Would God strike him too if he made a wrong move regarding the ark?

Anger. Fear. Sadness. Joy. Defeat. Victory. Regret. Hurt. Lonely. Love. There was no emotion that David could not express to God. His willingness to share exactly how he felt at different moments throughout his life reveals the depth and intimacy of his friendship with God. He was completely honestly about his faults and feelings with the one who made him. And so it should be with you.

Rick Warren said, “Genuine friendship is built on disclosure. What may appear as audacity God views as authenticity. God listens to the passionate words of his friends; He is bored with predictable, pious clichés. To be God’s friend, you must be honest to God, sharing your true feeling, not what you think you ought to feel or say.” Do not hide your faults, feelings, and failures from God. Do not tell Him what you think He wants to hear. Tell Him what you actually want to say. Tell Him how you truly feel. Tell Him what you don’t understand about His will or His ways. Complain. Accuse. Question. Argue. Challenge. Pester. Negotiate. Vent.

God made you and God loves you. Is there any better person to be honest with?

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