The Right Spirit and the Wrong Spirit

Michael Wilcock

READ : 1 Chronicles 15:25-29

Given a choice between the lively and the boring in congregational worship, most people would prefer it to be lively. Certainly that had been true of the procession that brought the ark on the first part of its journey from Kiriath Jearim to Jerusalem.

But disaster had followed. We need more than enthusiasm; we need eagerness about understanding the right thing to do.

For the last part of the ark’s journey, David has been concerned not so much with what he wants to do for God as with what God wants him to do. Three things follow. First, God “helps” those involved in the ceremony; in other words, all goes smoothly. Secondly, people realize this, and at once offer thanks to God for it. Thirdly, the whole occasion becomes one full of rejoicing.

The one sour note is David’s wife’s reaction. Like father, like daughter: see how out of tune with the things of God she is, just as her father Saul had been. How sad to be a prominent person among the people of God yet so alien in spirit!


Lord, teach us the right way to worship you. Amen.