“And David arose and went with all the people who were with him from Baale-judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the name of the LORD of hosts who sits enthroned on the cherubim.”
2 Samuel 6:2
The narrator’s description in this verse strongly emphasizes the greatness of this God and the holiness of the ark of His covenant.
This God is not small, and His ark and His covenant are not light matters.
He is the LORD of hosts. The LORD of the living creatures, elders, and myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands of angels spoken of in Revelation 5:11-12, worshiping the Lamb.
He is enthroned on the cherubim. He reigns over all as the Most High, far above every authority and power and dominion in heaven and on earth and under the earth. None other even comes close to His great power and sovereignty.
This is the God spoken of here.
And this is the God of whom the psalmist so personally writes:
“Who is the man who fears the LORD?
Him will He instruct in the way that he should choose.
His soul shall abide in well-being,
and his offspring shall inherit the land.
The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear Him,
and He makes known to them His covenant.” Psalm 25:12-14
This is the God whose new covenant was established through the blood of His beloved Son as Jesus took on the wrath of God for us, for all who do not reject this great sacrifice, this great gift of freedom and salvation that can be purchased no other way. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life…Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him” (John 3:16, 36).
For those who trust in Jesus, the Lamb of God, and surrender to Him as Lord, this is the new covenant declared:
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
“And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.”
“Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’ And He took a cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
The LORD of hosts who sits enthroned on the cherubim is He who gave His Son for our sakes and who draws us to Himself. He desires our freedom, our healing, our restoration to Him in relationship. A relationship characterized by personal closeness and rejoicing in doing good to us as beloved children. A relationship established not out of any need that God has, but out of mercy because of great love for us (Ephesians 2:4-7). He is the living God whose faithfulness is great and everlasting, who cannot lie, who will never change, and who will never forsake His own.
This is our God, the God who came to earth to save us and who fights for us. Nothing is impossible for Him and nothing can stop His purposes from being accomplished or His goodness from pouring out over our lives as we follow Him.
“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken,
and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”
“Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep,
by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do His will,
working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”
“Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name;
worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.
The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the LORD, over many waters.
The voice of the LORD is powerful;
the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;
the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf,
and Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire.
The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness;
the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth
and strips the forests bare,
and in His temple all cry, ‘Glory!’
The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;
the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.
May the LORD give strength to His people!
May the LORD bless His people with peace!”