We left off with our study of David’s life at the point where he was taking the ark to the city, but he wasn’t doing it God’s way.
If you remember, he took a survey of the people about what to do instead of seeing how God wanted it done.
And because of David’s disobedience, other people were hurt.
No matter how good an idea or plan or intention is, we need to seek God’s wisdom and direction on it.
To David both moving the ark and the method seemed reasonable, but they didn’t ask God about it.
So after Uzzah was killed, understandably David became hesitant about his next step.