Psalms 118: 1-24

2 Sam. 6: 1-15

Luke 24:1-12

Starting with 2 Samuel we see David with the chosen men of Israel moving the Ark of the covenant and celebrating joyously having retrieved it, to take it to the city of David. Their rejoicing quickly turns to fear when Uzzah is struck dead by the LORD for being so brazen as to reach out and steady the ark when it begins to fall from the cart. Only the Levites can touch the Ark, this is the law, Yhwh does not need Uzzah’s help. After three months David understands God’s reasoning and greatly rejoices in it.

In Luke we are told of the women coming to the tomb early in the morn after the sabbath, to find it empty and greeted by two glowing men who ask, “why are you looking for the living  One among the dead?” They then run to tell the good news to the eleven and the rest; they are greeted with stubbornness and disbelief. Then Peter goes to see for himself and marvels at what has happened and goes home.

In the Psalms passage, David praises the LORD for, as he describes it, becoming his salvation. I think the more accurate view would be that Yhwh had always been his salvation and David just realized it. At the end of this section David pens “the stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner stone. This is the LORD’s doing, it is marvelous in our eyes.” This is an obvious Messianic phrase looking ahead to the salvation to come through Jesus the Christ.

In each of these passages the theme seems to be unbelief turning to belief as they looked intently into the actions and words of the LORD.  What seems so unfamiliar and unexpected to us is really quite normal to God. He operates in a different economy than we do. He keeps his word. His promises are eternal. He does not need our help or guidance to accomplish His works. When we are transformed by the renewing of our minds into understanding God’s ways we, like David,  can say ” this is the LORD’s doing it is marvelous in our sight.” God is spirit, those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.