Bearing Up Christ With Gladness
“And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness. And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings.”
(2 Samuel 6:12-13)
Having a heart of gladness to bear up Christ (my ark) as the One who is sufficient for every spiritual need is a miracle of Almighty God’s grace. Being able to perceive with eyes of faith Christ’s satisfied divine justice in my place, and having His perfect righteousness imputed to my account is a well of gladness to a redeemed sinner’s heart.
The faithless natural man believes that his feeble hand supports God’s purpose of redemption; however, let the Holy Spirit create in a sinner a heart that truly believes the preaching of the Gospel to be the power of God unto salvation, and with gladness he will bear Him up.
He will be borne up as the One Who has kept the holy law of God for His people.
He will be borne up as the Bread of Heaven that the saints feast upon.
In bearing Christ up, He will be glorified and every need of the saint will be met. Bearing Him up as Aaron’s Rod, the One Who tasted death because of the imputed guilt of His people, but budded forth in the resurrection because of His personal innocence, is to a believer a song of gladness. Bear Him up with gladness, child of God, for He and He alone, is worthy of all praise.
By Marvin Stalnaker