Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: Lesson 53 “David and the Ark”

Featured Passage: 1 Chronicles 15-17, 22

King David had built a house for himself in the City of David which is in Jerusalem. Though he had a beautiful place to live, he was sad because the ark of the covenant, the special box which represented God’s promises to Israel, was being kept in a man’s home at a place called Kirjath Jearim. He wanted the ark to be put in its own special house. He knew that the ark represented God’s dwelling place, so he wanted to build a house for God in Jerusalem to help show the people that God was with them. Before the house – the temple – could be built, David set up a special tabernacle in Jerusalem where the ark could be placed. He was very excited that the ark would finally come into the City of David, so he prepared a special celebration. 


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  • Who were the only ones who were allowed to carry the ark of the covenant? What was the special way the ark was to be carried? 
  • What kind of instruments did David want to accompany the ark being brought into the city? What do you think the music sounded like? 
  • What was David doing to worship God when the ark was brought into the city of David? What are some ways that we can worship God? 
  • What did David give all the people so they could join in the celebration? (1 Chronicles 16:3)
  • What is a psalm? How do we use psalms and music in church today? 
  • What was the covenant God made with David about the temple that he wanted to build? 

Memory Challenge: 

2 Chronicles 15:3 

And David gathered all Israel together at Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the Lord to its place, which he had prepared for it.