Today you should read: 2 Samuel 6:16-23
Woah! What’s up with Michal in this passage? She’s raining all over the parade.
David had the ark of the Lord brought into the city, and he was dancing before the Lord with all his might. Michal, looked out the window and saw David dancing and she despised him for it. David is celebrating the presence of the Lord and Michal doesn’t like it. She didn’t think it was appropriate or dignified for a king to demonstrate such emotion before God and other people, so she let David know her thoughts about his worshipful response to God.
Have you ever had anyone rain on your parade like this? Maybe it happened when you expressed thanks to God for something He did, but a family member scoffed at you for crediting God. Maybe it was when you were celebrating a victorious thing that God did, then someone felt the “need” to point out a negative when you finished praising God. Maybe you were worshiping to Christian music and someone told you to turn that junk off and turn on something else. Or maybe you were expressing your praise to God in a particular way that others looked down upon.
Charles Spurgeon said this: “No doubt, there are particularly nice and dainty people who will censure God’s chosen if they live wholly to his praise, and they will call them eccentric, old-fashioned, obstinate, absurd, and I don’t know what besides. From the window of their superiority they look down upon us.”
So, if you’ve ever had your worshipful parade rained upon by someone, then you are in good company. Many followers of God have experienced the same thing. David experienced it in this passage. Jesus experienced the same thing. How should we respond when this happens? Look at 2 Samuel 6:21-22. David said that his praises were for the Lord and he would humbly continue to praise and serve the Lord. When people rain on our worshipful parade, we must not let it get us down, and we should continue to praise the Lord (unless, of course, we are being a huge distraction to others from worshiping God as well.)
The first part of verse 22 points me to Jesus. David said that he would be even more lightly esteemed and undignified than he was being in this passage. He said he would be humble in his own eyes. In other words, his worship of God was not about him. Even if others looked down upon him, he was going to worship God. This reminds me of Christ. Philippians 2:8 says:
Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Jesus followed in obedience and praise of the Father, despite ridicule and persecution. He humbled Himself even to the point of death.
I’m thankful for David’s example of worship and more thankful for Christ’s obedience even to the point of death so that you and I can have life and a reason to worship.
Posted by: Rich Duffield