David was angry because the Lord ’s anger had burst out against Uzzah. He named that place Perez-uzzah (which means “to burst out against Uzzah”), as it is still called today. – 1 Chronicles 13:11
When God took the life of the man that touched the ark of the covenant, King David immortalized the act by naming the place the place after the event. The Psalms would indicate that David appreciated God’s transcendence, but when God “burst out,” his understanding of God’s holiness reached another level.
Do you have such a place in your life? A place where you were utterly “destroyed” by the holiness of God? God is holy, but much of the time we act as if He … well, isn’t. We seemingly forget that He should be treated with awe, respect, and reverence … at all times and in all circumstances.
Like David and Uzzah, we may often forget that we are always in the presence of God. Then again, it could also be possible that we have never been.
I am ready to meet God face to face tonight and look into those eyes of infinite holiness, for all my sins are covered by the atoning blood. – R. A. Torrey
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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