Our OT passage today shows us that we can do the right thing, and still do it wrong!
David wanted to do the right thing - he wanted to bring the Ark back. But he assumed he knew how to do it. He didn't ask God. He thought he knew best. And the penalty was death.
At first David was angry. The Bible doesn't specifically say who he was angry with - himself or God. Our tendency is to blame someone other than ourselves, so it seems like it was likely he was angry with God. Here he was trying to do the right thing and God responds in wrath?!
But we are mere humans. And we don't get to tell God what to do or how to do it. We don't get to decide what the right thing is to do. God does. And His opinion is the only one that matters.
Thankfully, in chapter 15 David gets it right. He admits his sin, and he makes sure that this time, he does it God's way.
I want to remember that it always pays to do it God's way the first time!
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: 1 Chronicles 16-18, Acts 6