David Goes to Bring the Ark

61 David again brought together all the able young men of Israel-thirty thousand. 2 He and all his men went to Baalah[1] in Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the Name,[2] the name of the Lord Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim on the ark. 3 They set the ark of God on a new cart and brought it from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab, were guiding the new cart 4 with the ark of God on it,[3] and Ahio was walking in front of it. 5 David and all Israel were celebrating with all their might before the Lord, with castanets,[4] harps, lyres, timbrels, sistrums and cymbals.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:1-5

Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:1-5

(Read 2 Samuel 6:1-5)

God is present with the souls of his people, when they want the outward tokens of his presence; but now David is settled in the throne, the honour of the ark begins to revive. Let us learn hence, to think and to speak highly of God; and to think and speak honourably of holy ordinances, which are to us as the ark was unto Israel, the tokens of God's presence, Matthew 28:20. Christ is our Ark; in and by him God manifests his favour, and accepts our prayers and praises. The ark especially typified Christ and his mediation, in which the name of Jehovah and all his glories are displayed. The priests should have carried the ark upon their shoulders. Philistines may carry the ark in a cart without suffering for it; but if Israelites do so, it is at their peril, because this was not what God appointed.