Do you remember the ark of the covenant from 1 Samuel? This was holy and sacred and was to be handled properly. It has been sitting where the Philistines left it when they returned it, until now. David wanted to bring the ark back to Jerusalem, for God’s blessing to be upon the nation. The beginning of this chapter starts out rough. David doesn’t handle the transporting of the ark correctly, he followed the way the Philistine’s moved it, instead of God’s known commands about how to do so, which in turn causes a man to lose his life for touching the ark, even though his intentions were good, our application tells us “God had to remind the nation dramatically that enthusiasm must be accompanied by obedience to his laws.” David got upset that Gods wrath went down like that, but he knew it was his fault for the way he chose to move it. After that, he wanted a temporary holding place for the ark until he felt God was moving him towards bringing it back again. So he ended up taking the ark to a temporary place, where the Lord blessed that family while they kept the ark. In time David moved the ark correctly. David made sacrifices as they moved it, scripture tells us they were in celebration, dancing, shouting and playing trumpets. It goes on to tell us that when Michal, David’s wife, “…saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart.” (v.16) Oh no! David blessed the whole Israelite crowd that was with him with bread and cakes, but when he went home to bless his own family, Michal confronts him. She tells him she is disgusted by him. He was wearing a linen ephod, like an apron, when he was dancing, so she goes on to tell him it was an inappropriate thing to do, especially in front of their slave girls. Well, David didn’t stand for it. “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people in Israel – I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.” (v. 21+22) After this, it tells us the two of them never had any children together.
For today’s scripture, when David got called out for his worship by his own wife, instead of second guessing himself or apologizing because he upset her, even though he wasn’t in the wrong, he was more concerned with what the Lord thought about his actions and David knew when he first tried to do it and not follow the Lord, he got it wrong, so by this second time, you can imagine how close he was feeling to the Lord in that moment, with the way they brought in the ark and the way he was praising the Lord for it, in that moment there was nothing he needed to be sorry for. And although we read that this left a wedge between Michal and David, we know it was still the right thing to do.
Do you agree with how David responds to Michal? Have you ever been in a position where you’ve been mistreated or spoken badly against because of your beliefs or possibly even over your worship of the Lord? Did you feel pressured to apologize or defend yourself? Write about it today.
Today, let’s praise the Lord with David!
Heavenly father, your word is so good for teaching us. Thank you for giving us the gift of it. We see the importance of obeying you and also the faith it takes to do so. We pray for strength in our beliefs, that even if we are mistreated or talked badly about because of our faith, that we can cling to you the way David did and know that with you as our Lord, following you is the best way, you are the only one worthy of our worship and we want to stand firm in what we know is true, guide us and helps us to do so. It’s in your oh so worthy name we pray, AMEN!