“And when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah, and God struck him down there because of his error, and he died there beside the ark of God.”
-2 Samuel 6:6–7
What a sobering verse that is, to see Uzzah reach out and touch the ark, as it seems to be unstable, and immediately God strikes him down. Why? Why such an extreme punishment, penalty for reaching out and touching the ark of God?
God, help us to treat you as holy, to honor you as holy, to worship you as holy, to glorify you as holy.
There’s a lot of background here that goes into this, both with the ark of God and this specific story. But in essence, Uzzah and others around him, but he was the one who reached out and touch the ark of God, were treating the holy in a profane way. They were not honoring God and his name, his presence as holy. They were not living in fear of, in proper reverence and awe of God. I think about all the different ways that you and I are tempted to do this all the time. To use God’s name in vain, in ways that don’t acknowledge his holiness, how awesome and righteous and majestic he is. So maybe not even in a way that we might be cursing or this or that, but even using his name lightly, or treating his presence in our lives lightly, or coming before God in a way that is not worthy of his holiness and his glory and his majesty.
We all are prone every day to forget how holy and awesome God is, and to not walk in the language of Acts 9:31, to not walk in the fear of the Lord. So we pray, God help us to treat you as holy, to honor you as holy, to worship you as holy, to glorify you as holy. Every day, when we come before you and we open your word, help us to see it as your holy word. Not just as words on a page like any other book, but as your holy word, to be obeyed fully with our lives. When pray, whether it’s before a meal, God help us not to be casual in our prayers before a meal, just to recite some rote words. God help us to think about, consider who you are as we pray to you from morning to evening and all throughout the day, knowing that our bodies are a temple of your holy spirit.
God, we pray that you would help us to live with holiness to honor you as a holy with every thought we have today, with every desire, with every word we speak, every decision we make, everything we do. God help us to honor you as holy. God, we pray for the hallowing of your name. Just as Jesus, who taught us to pray, “Our father in heaven, hallowed be your name,” cause your name to be known as holy through our lives, through our families, through our churches. Cause your name to be revered and honored more and more in our cities where we live.
God, we pray that you would cause your name to be revered and honored and glorified among the nations, among the Baloch of Pakistan. God, may your name be known as holy among Somalis, God and among Afghanis, among North Koreans. God, in all these different places, all over the world, may your name, may the name of Jesus be exalted as holy. God, we pray that you would use our lives today toward that end. We pray all of this in light of 2 Samuel 6:6-7. Help us to walk in the fear of the Lord today. In Jesus’ name, we pray, amen.
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