“Uzzah put out his hand to take hold of the ark …” (v9). King David’s good intention to bring the ark of God into Jerusalem ended in Uzzah’s death. I Samuel 6 explains that God was angry because of Uzzah’s “error” (or irreverence) in reaching out to steady the ark, which was carried in a cart rather than on poles as instructed in Exodus 25. Uzzah’s shocking death made it clear that God’s awesome power and presence were not things to take lightly.
“How can I bring the ark of God home to me?" (v12). As David realized, no one can stand in God’s presence, except through mercy. Jesus opened the way for us to confidently approach the Father’s throne.