1 Chronicles 13 details the moving of the ark of God from Kiriath Jearim. Previous to this, the Philistines had captured the ark at Shiloh (1 Samuel 4:4, 11), exhibited it for several months in Philistia (1 Samuel 6:1), and then returned it to Israel (1 Samuel 6:2-12) where it was housed at Beth Shemesh (1 Samuel 6:13-15).
In 1 Chronicles King David wanted to move the ark from Kiriath Jearim to Jerusalem. He went to great lengths to find out if what he was doing was right. He consulted his powerful captains over the people of Israel. He found every leader he could to make sure he was doing right (1 Chronicles 13:1). After much consulting he decided that he would move the ark of God because it seemed good to him and the rest of the people (1 Chronicles 13:2).
No where in the account does the record show that David called on the name of the Lord to guide him in this most precious endeavor. David nor the rest of the people of Israel called on God because “the thing was right in the eyes of the people.” Meaning, they had already made their mind up about the situation.
We are not much different than those of King David’s day. When we want something we clammer “God would want me to be happy!” This is our justification for doing anything in life. Instead of calling on God in prayer and going to His word to find out if what we are doing is Biblical in nature, so often we just act.
I am calling you to think before you act. God has given us His inspired word to guide us in times of trouble (Romans 8:28). And, no matter our intention, if we act against God we will be punished accordingly.