New Defender's Study Bible Notes
6:2 the ark of God. Once he had occupied Jerusalem and made it his home and capital, David realized the ark of God’s covenant should be there. It had been in the house of Abinadab (I Samuel 7:1) in Gibeah for many years, all the years that Samuel was judge and Saul was king.
6:7 Uzzah. God had strictly forbidden anyone to touch the ark (see Numbers 4:15), and Uzzah disobeyed God’s command, even though his intentions were good. Sincerity of purpose is never an adequate reason for rejecting God’s Word.
6:11 Obed-edom the Gittite. Obed-edom was a Levite (I Chronicles 15:18), not from the Philistine city of Gath, but probably from Gath-Rimmon in the territory of Dan (Joshua 21:24).
6:13 sacrificed oxen and fatlings. There were many priests and Levites that accompanied the ark to Jerusalem. David offered many burnt offerings and peace offerings in the process, no doubt with the priests officiating in the manner prescribed by Moses. If he had tried to assume the priestly role himself, God would no doubt have rebuked him in some way, as Samuel did when Saul tried to usurp the priests’ functions (I Samuel 13:9-14).
6:14 girded. Michal’s sarcastic charge that David had “uncovered himself” (II Samuel 6:20) while bringing the ark into Jerusalem was an exaggeration intended to show her displeasure at David’s display of religious emotion. David had evidently divested himself only of his royal vestments to show humility before the Lord, and Michal resented this. Her judgment of childlessness (II Samuel 6:23) was appropriate in this context.
6:17 the tabernacle. This tabernacle was intended by David only for temporarily housing the ark. The wilderness tabernacle had been set up in Shiloh, then perhaps later in Nob (Joshua 18:1; I Samuel 21:1,6), but both these cities had been destroyed. At this time, it had been relocated in Gibeon (I Chronicles 16:39). It was David’s desire to build a permanent dwelling place for the ark in Jerusalem.