Oh ya The Ark I almost forgot about it. David had it on the top of his list after securing Jerusalem. This was his first dealing with the ark and he wasn't quiet sure how and if to go about fetching it. During a mishap God communicated strongly the need for complete/unfailing reverence. Uzzahs reaction was natural, you see something tipping, you reach over to steady it. This is God's ark however and accidents don't happen, commands are not to be broken regardless, realization must be made that this object is supernatural and of the supreme sovereign God. The fact of Obededom house being blessed was a sign to David that he had over reacted to the occurrence of Uzzah, that it was now time to continue the retrieval.
Unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Thy face will I seek. One thing... to behold the beauty of the Lord. You see that this is not mere religion, this is much more personal and tangible.
The picture here is of someone coming to the cause of the poor and needy, the quiet ones of the land, ones under the heavy hand of these evil enemies. This someone stands in the way of the enemy and is thus treated falsely being accused of things that he knew not. Snares are laid in his path. When the enemy is sick, he prays for them as he would a friend. When they are strong he prays for the Lord to arise to confound and scatter their purposes for righteousness sake. We would be well advised to be this type of person being assured that our God is all of this and more.
Amongst the vows to pay: will walk before the Lord in the land of the living; will take cup of salvation and call upon Lord; offer sacrifice of thanksgiving and call upon name of Lord; will pay vows unto in presence of all His people, in courts of Lord house, in midst of Jerusalem. The what where and when are given for a good starting point to a strong relationship and walk with the Lord.