I recently found myself studying the little the Bible says about Michal, one of King David’s wives, and it makes me realize how easy it is to miss out on God’s blessings.
Michal’s husband jubilantly leaped and danced in the streets as he brought the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem, the City of David (2 Samuel 6: 14-16). It was a victory worth celebrating. But Michal despised what she saw: the king of Israel – her husband – dancing and prancing in the streets, not fully clothed AND among the commoners. How dare he? After all, he was king of Israel.
When David arrived home, Michal sarcastically said, “…how glorious was the king of Israel today, who uncovered himself today in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovered himself!” (20).
I understand her thoughts. The reality is she was a woman operating in the flesh. She allowed haughtiness to rise up. She couldn’t see pass the fact that she was daughter of a former king and now married to a king, and the latter was carrying on in such a fashion. She didn’t step back and recognize that David’s dance to the Lord was coming from his spiritual connection with the Most High. God resists the proud (James 4:6).
Well, David let her know it was GOD who chose and appointed him BEFORE her father Saul. He essentially said he would dance even more enthusiastically – quite frankly, more vile than before – in praise to his God. The ark of the covenant had returned to their land and God was to get the glory!
Little did Michal know: David had actually returned to bless his household (20). But she missed out on that blessing. In fact, verse 23 says Michal never bore a child unto the day of her death. She was made barren! What a harsh punishment! But it shows that we sometimes don’t see things the way God sees them.
When we see someone jumping, running, shouting in a church service, do we know why? Do we look at them in distain because that’s not our way of worship? Do we know that person’s struggle…the fire, flood or tsunami endured? Do we know about the victory?
The way you might feel led to worship God in a moment might be different from another person. God is judge. I believe everything should be done decently and in order, but let’s be careful to not cross lines because David was dancing unto the Lord and it was clearly acceptable in His sight.
Don’t look down on others…despise others and miss out on a blessing or even bring a curse upon yourself because of your perceptions.
GOD. Is. Judge.
Think on these things.
Growing in Christ,