Sunday, July 02, 2006

I will become even more undignified ...

David said Michal, "… I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified that this …" 2 Samuel 6:21-22.

Michal was trying to "rain on David's parade", by making discouraging remarks about David's enthusiasm. She said to him, "How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, disrobing in the sight of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!" But I love David's response. He is not put off nor does he accept her perception of the situation. David has made up his mind to celebrate before the Lord and now promises to celebrate with even more vigor and zest in the future.

David had good reason to celebrate. His reign as king of Israel had just begun and his first act was to bring the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem, after an absence of about 20 years. The Ark symbolized God's Presence and it served as the meeting-place between God and His people. David wanted this meeting-place to be easily accessible because he knew he needed God's help to be the shepherd of God's people that he was called to be (Psalm 78:70-72). Bringing the Ark to Jerusalem had entailed many difficulties and even loss of life. Now it was finally entering the city and David's joy knew no bounds.

Today we may find people trying to "rain on our parade", trying to dampen our enthusiasm and telling us not to be so full-on for God. Even suggesting we will "get over it" but lets us be like David and do the opposite, promising to celebrate with greater enthusiasm than ever before.

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5 comments:

Wendy said...

Woohoo !!!

To please only Him ... It is a great example because David was quite taken with Michal and her beauty ... he could have easily done what other men have done and compromised his love for God by seeking to please her.

Love the story of David ... the Lord reveals everything about a man after God's own heart ... every good thing and every bad thing to show His mercy and love to us.

Susan said...

Yes, David was very taken with Michal, in 2 Samuel 3:13 David insists on getting her back after Saul gave her in marriage to Paltiel. And poor Paltiel was apparently broken hearted when she left v.16. It is really quite bizarre Michal was obviously valued which makes you wonder why she was so critical of David's actions?

Wendy said...

Maybe she like Paltiel better :-)

Susan said...

Yes, maybe Michal did prefer Paltiel.

I have been re reading the story. At this point David already had six other wives! So his reasons for wanting Michal may have been purely political - to have an alliance with Saul's house - rather than any great love for her. Whereas it certainly seems that Paltiel loved her.

Wendy said...

Men !!

lol