Then David and all the house of of Israel played music before the Lord on all kinds of instruments of fir wood, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on sistrums, and on cymbals. And when they came to Nachon's threshing floor, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen had stumbled. Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his irreverence, and he died there by the ark of God. II Samuel 6:5-7
David wanted to bring the ark of God into the city and it was placed on a new cart driven by oxen so he and thirty thousand worshiped the Lord with all sorts of instruments. Within the ark was the awesome presence of God, intended to be carried only on the shoulders of the priests and not on an ox cart.
As they proceeded, the oxen stumbled and Uzzah put out his hand to steady the ark when God struck him dead for his irreverence. Because God's presence is holy we must be careful not to profane it by unclean or irreverent behavior. Our worship of the Most High must be pure and our hearts clean before Him. Today in order to entertain the multitudes we have allowed all kinds of unclean and irreverent music into our assemblies to please the crowds and insure they are entertained so they will return without regard of how they have grieved the Holy Spirit and offended God.
David postponed his entry into the city and placed the ark in the house of Obed-Edom for three months before finally proceeding with the utmost caution, sacrificing sheep and oxen every so often so not to offend the Most High and arouse His anger against them. We would do well to take to heart this story so we too don't defile our worship of God with strange fire and profane our worship of Him.
Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet. II Samuel 6:14,15
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin