1 Chronicles 16:1
The ark was the physical manifestation of the Lord’s presence with his people. Here, David places it in a tent. In 2 Chronicles 6, Solomon moves it into the temple and asks in astonishment, “But will God indeed dwell with man on the earth?” Yes, but in a way that made the ark look like a mere pencil drawing.
And they brought in the ark of God and set it inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God.
Let us picture a woman thrown in a dungeon. There she bears and rears a son. He grows up seeing nothing but the dungeon walls, the straw on the floor, and a little patch of the sky seen through the grating …
This unfortunate woman was an artist, and when they imprisoned her she managed to bring with her a drawing pad and a box of pencils. As she never loses the hope of deliverance, she is constantly teaching her son about that outer world which he has never seen. She does it very largely by drawing him pictures. With her pencil she attempts to show him what fields, rivers, mountains, cities, and waves on a beach are like. He is a dutiful boy and he does his best to believe her when she tells him that that outer world is far more interesting and glorious than anything in the dungeon.
At times he succeeds. On the whole he gets on tolerably well until, one day, he says something that gives his mother pause. For a minute or two, they are at cross-purposes. Finally it dawns on her that he has, all these years, lived under a misconception. ‘But,’ she gasps, ‘you didn’t think that the real world was full of lines drawn in lead pencil?’ ‘What?’ says the boy. ‘No pencil marks there?’
And instantly his whole notion of the outer world becomes a blank. For the lines, by which alone he was imagining it, have now been denied of it. He has no idea of that which will exclude and dispense with the lines, that of which the lines were merely a transposition … The child will get the idea that the real world is somehow less visible than his mother’s pictures. In reality, it lacks lines because it is incomparably more visible.