by J. Randal Matheny
“Then all the people left, each for his own home, and David returned home to bless his family.”
–1 Chronicles 16:43 NIV
After a disastrous first try, King David finally brings the ark of the covenant to his city, where he had pitched a tent especially for it. Elaborate preparations were made for it. Sacrifices expressed the joy of the people. David gave bread, dates and raisins to each man and woman. He committed to the musicians a special psalm of thanks.
After he left the ministers and priests in charge of the ark, he went home. In spite of a wife who despised him for his glee before the ark, he went home to bless his family.
Worship always prepares us for service. Praise and celebration before the Lord equips us to go back home and bless our families.
The religion that has no impact on behavior at home is useless.
The faith that lives with its head in the clouds needs its feet on the ground.
The same desire to stay in the presence of the Lord with his saints also drives one home to surround one’s family with the blessedness of the God who is near.
David didn’t just go home because it was all over and there was nothing left to do. He went home with a purpose, renewed by the joy of having the beloved ark of the covenant nearby.
Home isn’t the place to go when you have nowhere else to turn to. It’s the place where your presence is felt, where your influence is magnified, where people have been entrusted to your care.
Today, don’t just go home. Go home to bless.
Worshiping God prepares us for service at home.