Kings, leaders, and rulers have ruled on the pyramid model in the past; authority from the top down.  Israel is reforming under a new paradigm of the tree; supportive and nurturing leadership from the roots up to the flower of new faith.  David is a type of the branch of the Lord, Messiah.

And David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every leader.  And David said unto all the congregation of Israel, If it seem good unto you, and that it be of the LORD our God, let us send abroad unto our brethren every where, that are left in all the land of Israel, and with them also to the priests and Levites which are in their cities and suburbs, that they may gather themselves unto us:  And let us bring again the ark of our God to us: for we enquired not at it in the days of Saul.  And all the congregation said that they would do so: for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.  1 Chronicles 13:1-4

David consulted and the people agree that this is right.  David intends to use the opportunity to honor God by consulting him in the way he ordered.  This becomes a great celebration of hope in Israel.

So David gathered all Israel together, from Shihor of Egypt even unto the entering of Hemath, to bring the ark of God from Kirjathjearim.  And David went up, and all Israel, to Baalah, that is, to Kirjathjearim, which belonged to Judah, to bring up thence the ark of God the LORD, that dwelleth between the cherubims, whose name is called on it.  And they carried the ark of God in a new cart out of the house of Abinadab: and Uzza and Ahio drave the cart.  And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.  1 Chronicles 13:5-8

The ark has been gone for a while, and the ways of the Law were forgotten in part.  The ark was never intended to be moved on a cart, but carried by the Levites.  One who is not of the priestly order was endangered by this.

And when they came unto the threshingfloor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled.  And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: and there he died before God.  And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach upon Uzza: wherefore that place is called Perezuzza to this day.  And David was afraid of God that day, saying, How shall I bring the ark of God home to me?  So David brought not the ark home to himself to the city of David, but carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite.  And the ark of God remained with the family of Obededom in his house three months. And the LORD blessed the house of Obededom, and all that he had.  1 Chronicles 13:9-14

The ark brought no harm to the house as it stayed, so David determined it safe to move later.  But David had other business pending in the meanwhile.

Now Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and timber of cedars, with masons and carpenters, to build him an house.  And David perceived that the LORD had confirmed him king over Israel, for his kingdom was lifted up on high, because of his people Israel.  And David took more wives at Jerusalem: and David begat more sons and daughters.  Now these are the names of his children which he had in Jerusalem; Shammua, and Shobab, Nathan, and Solomon,  And Ibhar, and Elishua, and Elpalet,  And Nogah, and Nepheg, and Japhia,  And Elishama, and Beeliada, and Eliphalet.  1 Chronicles 14:1-7 

David’s career produced some enemies, but he was a friend to many as well.  The king of the Phoenicians provided Lebanese timbers for his house.  God blessed his household to prosper as king of Israel.  The Philistines were among the enemies who sought to disrupt that peace though.  David was not rash enough to bother his enemies unless he got confirmation from God though. 


And when the Philistines heard that David was anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek David. And David heard of it, and went out against them.  And the Philistines came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.  And David enquired of God, saying, Shall I go up against the Philistines? And wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD said unto him, Go up; for I will deliver them into thine hand.  So they came up to Baalperazim; and David smote them there. Then David said, God hath broken in upon mine enemies by mine hand like the breaking forth of waters:  therefore they called the name of that place Baalperazim.  And when they had left their gods there, David gave a commandment, and they were burned with fire.  1 Chronicles 14:8-12 


David had his victory, and he destroyed the wooden gods of his fallen foes.  Still they came again for another lesson.

And the Philistines yet again spread themselves abroad in the valley.  Therefore David enquired again of God; and God said unto him, Go not up after them; turn away from them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees.  And it shall be, when thou shalt hear a sound of going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt go out to battle: for God is gone forth before thee to smite the host of the Philistines.  David therefore did as God commanded him: and they smote the host of the Philistines from Gibeon even to Gazer.  And the fame of David went out into all lands; and the LORD brought the fear of him upon all nations.  1 Chronicles 14:13-17

David follows the same lesson of asking God for direction, but gets a new answer.  God tells him not to attack, but rather to wait in the trees for a sign to attack.  This is not a strategy of war, but rather a strategy of faith.  Don’t look for God in the logic of the world because he has chosen to be invisible to the faithless.  He doesn’t want the wisdom of man; he wants the foolishness of faith.