Ever done the right thing in the wrong way? Remember the undesirable fallout? Just so, it is somewhat comforting to find that the “man after God’s own heart” struggled sometimes in this area as well. Clearly, David’s desire to bring the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem was right; the problem was he didn’t undertake this project in the divinely prescribed manner.
Perhaps he was carried away by his enthusiasm and failed to do the proper research regarding transport for the Ark of the Covenant. Or, maybe he actually knew that the Ark was to be hand carried by members of the Levitical priesthood (Deuteronomy 10:8) but resorted to the more expedient method of ox and cart with the men at hand thinking that he could make this happen faster and that “the ends justify the means.” Whatever the motivation, this plan didn’t work out so well for Uzzah.
So, the Ark was sidelined for a time, and David withdrew to lick his wounds. Eventually the Ark of the Covenant was brought into Jerusalem properly with great joy and celebration. Ultimately, David got it right, and God received the glory.
May the Spirit of God help us to exercise wisdom and patience that we get it right the first time. And when we don’t, may the grace of God sustain us to try again, for His glory.