The Ark Is Brought To Jerusalem – Part 2 of 2 (2 Samuel 6:12 – 19; 1 Chronicles 15:25 – 16:6)

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2 Samuel 6:12 – 19

1 Chronicles 15:25 – 16:6

Questions:

1. Recall when a “party-pooper” (parents? spouse? friend? little brother?) once killed the festive spirit of your celebration. How did you feel at the time?

2. What would it take to get you “dancing in the streets”?

  • a wedding
  • a lower crime rate
  • peace in the Middle East
  • a World Series or Super Bowl win for the home team
  • school let out early for the year
  • a healthy baby born

3. In what sense does God “help” the Levites carry the ark this time around (verse 26), whereas before (see 1 Chronicles 13) He had opposed them?

4. How is David (by his costume) redefining the role of the king?

5. What would a worship service led by David be like in your church? What sights and sounds would surprise you? How would he be received? What would he have to wear? Why?

6. How does your attire Sunday morning relate to your duties and approach to worship? What attire is forbidden where you worship? What else are you saying by the way you do and don’t dress?

7. Which of the following would characterize your personal worship life. . .

  • reverential awe
  • childlike joy
  • special clothing
  • conversational prayer
  • David serendipity-like dancing

8. In reference to Question #7, how do you decide what form of worship is appropriate for what occasions?

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Arrangements For the Ark’s Return (1 Chronicles 15:1 – 24)

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1 Chronicles 15:1 – 24

Questions:

1. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” – how does that little pep talk fit a situation you’re facing just now?

2. What suggests that David has learned a valuable lesson about not playing loose with the rules for worship given by God through Moses? What blame-shifting by the chronicler do you also detect?

3. What suggests that David is now the leader of all the people, not just a few, and no longer a mere challenger to the incumbent line of Saul?

4. How does Obed-Edom (verses 18, 21, 24 and 1 Chronicles 13:13, 14) likely feel about getting the ark out of his house after three months?

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David’s Song of Praise (2 Samuel 22; Psalm 18)

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2 Samuel 22

Psalm 18

Questions:

1. Which of the following typifies your way of making music:

  • composing a song
  • singing in the shower
  • singing during worship service
  • making a joyful noise
  • playing the “Top 40” on the radio

2. Try picturing God as you did when you were a child. What did you draw for God’s face? His body? What were in His hands and feet? What did you color Him? What words came out of His mouth?

3. Today, what images do you link with God? What colors? What emotions? What sounds?

4. What one dramatic rescue attempt can you recall hearing about or seeing? What’s the most memorable rescue effort in which you’ve been involved?

5. Would you make a good soldier? Why (or why not)?

6. As a summary of David’s life, how accurate is this song (psalm)? Does it gloss over some of David’s less noble deeds?

7. David spent much time hiding from Saul in rocks and caves. What insight does this give you into the meaning of God as “fortress”, “stronghold”, or “rock”? What names could you give God based on your experiences?

8. Nowhere in 1 or 2 Samuel are the cosmic events of Psalm 18:4 – 19 (2 Samuel 22:5 – 20) recorded. Why does David use such dramatic language to describe God saving him? To what other redemptive experiences in Israel’s history is he alluding (Psalm 18:16, 17)?

9. What does the linking of God’s rescue of David to God’s actions for Israel at the Red Sea or Mount Sinai say about God’s love for the individual? What else does this dramatic picture say about God’s justice?

10. Do you suppose this song (psalm) was written before, or after, David’s adultery with Bathsheba?

11. This song (psalm) was used with reference to Jesus (2 Samuel 22:50); see also Romans 15:9. What new meaning does that give you here into David’s claim to be sinless? What new insights might these verses give you into the victorious rule of a future Messiah, the Son of David?

12. Most religions of the world teach their followers to honor, fear or appease their god. What does it mean to you that we can come to God as David does in 2 Samuel 22:2?

13. When do you feel like God would shake heaven and earth to save you? Or don’t you think God would even lift a finger to save you? Why?

14. (In reference to Question #13) – knowing that you are worth that much effort to Him, and that He delights in you, what does that do for your motivation and ability to praise God among the nations who do not know Him?

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