1 Chronicles 13 closes with the failure of transporting the ark of the covenant. Even though Uzza’s life is lost in the process a blessing occurs in an unlikely place. As David failed to bring the ark into Jerusalem it had to be left where it was (2 Samuel 6:10). The closest place to leave the ark was in the home of Obed-edom.

Obed-edom received a mighty blessing from God. “The Lord blessed the family of Obed-edom with all that he had” (1 Chronicles 13:14). What is interesting is that King David was seeking the blessing of God by bringing the ark back to the city were it he thought it belonged. Yet, David substituted his own thoughts for God’s in transporting the ark of the covenant. Obed-edom was the recipient of the blessing instead of David.

We learn of Obed-edom’s blessing in 1 Chronicles 16:38, “and Obed-edom with his 68 relatives; Obed-edom, also the son of Jeduthun, and Hosah as gatekeepers.” God said He would bless the family of Obed-edom and that is exactly what happened. Obed-edom’s family was large and this was truly a blessing indeed.

What can we learn from the failure of David and the blessing of Obed-edom? First, we must understand that God’s word trumps what we want or desire. We cannot be pleasing to Him if we fail at his commands and substitute our own. Second, God is faithful to bless us with not only physical blessings but with spiritual blessings (Philippians 4:19). We can be grateful for lots of children, a great job and a wonderful house but we must not for get the spiritual blessings too. God has given us His son who has shown us the truth and has covered our sins in His blood (1 John 1:7). What great blessing we do enjoy as obedient followers of our great God!