And whenever the ark set out, Moses said, "Arise, O LORD, and let your enemies be scattered, and let those who hate you flee before you." And when it rested, he said, "Return, O LORD, to the ten thousand thousands of Israel."
God literally led the nation of Israel in the wilderness. Most of this chapter goes into long and involved detail as to just how the camp was moved from location to location. First, the cloud of God’s presence would lift from above the tabernacle. Trumpets were blown to summon the people to muster for moving the camp. Then the tribes went forward in specific formation and order, following the ark of the covenant to a new campsite.
Moses made these times significant for worship by focusing on God Who was leading them. He had a special prayer for when the ark set out. He had another one for when God’s presence settled back in and the relocation was complete. These became spiritual moments for Isarel, even as they packed and moved and relocated the camp.
Following God is worshiping Him during the hard work. That is a simple, but meaningful truth principle to remember. And it may involve daily routine as well as breaks in that routine that shake us up. Israel worshiped in the tabernacle when camp was set up. And they also worshiped by literally looking for God’s leadership as they moved about the wilderness, not sure where they would end up. So worshiping is both a time for “standing still” and an experience we can know while “on the move”.