So, let’s try to kind of apply this situation in the Old Testament to our lives as New Testament Christians. To do that, we need to consider the Ark of the Covenant for a moment.
What did that box – that’s what an Ark is – what did that represent for Old Testament Israelites?
It was God’s presence. Several times in the Old Testament the Lord is said to reside “above the Cherubim” on top of the Ark on what was called the Mercy Seat. So, to the Israelite, the Ark of the Covenant was God’s presence with his people.
Bring this forward to the New Testament where now we have God and his glory dwelling – not above a box – but in jars of clay – in you and me. Each of our bodies – if we know Christ – is a temple of the Holy Spirit (1Co 6). But in addition, there’s another entity that the New Testament says is the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Not just our individual bodies, but the church itself is a Temple indwelt by the Lord (1Co 3).
So, as we study Psalm 24 and as we see the immediate context of the Ark entering into a building made by David, let’s also keep in mind that the joy and contemplation that David experienced from having God’s presence with him and the rest of God’s people, we can and do experience as well as we Holy-Spirit-possessed individuals meet together in an institution which is also possessed and indwelt by the Holy Spirit.
So, let’s contemplate together with David God’s Presence in Psalm 24.