After the death of Uzzah, David simply did not know what to do with the Ark of the Covenant, so he placed it in the home of Obed-Edom. What I find interesting about this is that Obed-Edom was a black man, and much like we have known in our own history, he may have been looked down upon because of the color of his skin. It may have been very possible that there was a racial divide even in David’s time, so that no one really cared much what happened to Obed-Edom and his family.
Although we have seen much improvement in this area in recent history, this is not really the point I’m trying to make. What I am trying to say is that according to scripture, it didn’t matter what color his skin was, or what side of the tracks Obed lived on, God’s presence in his home brought great blessing.
Obed-Edom kept the Ark of the Covenant in his home for about three months and during that time, everything that he had was blessed. This blessing was so tangible and noticeable that word began to spread quickly. What David may have assumed might kill Obed and his family actually brought the blessing of a lifetime. 2 Samuel 6:12 says, “Now it was told King David, saying, “The LORD has blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that [belongs] to him, because of the ark of God.”
This blessing made David jealous and he probably thought to himself, “That’s my blessing!” As a result he found out how to properly transport the Ark and quickly retrieved it. And, the blessing of the Lord followed the house of Israel, because God’s presence was in Israel.
What gets me really excited about this whole thing is the simple truth, that if God’s presence is in your life, then His blessing can be on your life. And, it doesn’t matter what the world around you may think, God’s blessing doesn’t bring sorrow with it.
You may not feel qualified to deserve God’s blessing. But that’s why it’s called “Grace.” Grace is unmerited, undeserved, favor and blessing, period. And it will work regardless of what side of the tracks you happen to live on! All we have to do is receive Jesus, who “brings grace and truth,” by faith. We just simply have to make room for the blessing of God in our lives, just like Obed-Edom did.
So today, you must know that you qualify! And Jesus is the qualifier! So receive the blessing of the Lord today by faith, because after all, “It’s your blessing!”
Today’s Thought: The blessing of the Lord works anywhere He is made room for.