David always cared more about presence than position. In 2 Samuel 6 he has just been made king over Israel, a position he was anointed for many years before.Back then he was just a shepherd boy worshiping God in obscurity.Now that he’s finally in Jerusalem as King his first response is to call for the Ark of the Covenant to be brought to the city.The Ark represented the tangible, manifest presence of God among His people.
Many people start out longing for His presence but once they are promoted they get more focused on maintaining their position and growing their platform than prioritizing His presence. However, without His presence the position becomes unsustainable and the platform ineffective. It becomes dependent on charisma and technique rather than the anointing, favor and blessing of the Lord.
If you seek first His presence, everything else that comes with it is fruitful and satisfying. If you seek position, you’ll end up frustrated and exhausted.
2 Samuel 6:1-2; 12
“David again brought together all the able young men of Israel—thirty thousand. He and all his men went to Baalah a in Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the Name, b the name of the LORD Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim on the ark....
.....Now King David was told, “The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of the ark of God.” So David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing.”
“....you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”
“Because of my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever.”
“Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.”
“Surely the righteous will praise your name, and the upright will live in your presence.”