“Now it was told King David, saying, “The Lord has blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.” So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with gladness. And so it was, when those bearing the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, that he sacrificed oxen and fatted sheep. Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet. Now as the ark of the Lord came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart…….. Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, “How glorious was the king of Israel today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of the maids of his servants, as one of the base fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!”
“So David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel. Therefore I will play music before the Lord. And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight. But as for the maidservants of whom you have spoken, by them I will be held in honor.”–2 Samuel 6: 12-22 , NKJV
David was overjoyed that The Ark of the Covenant, the literal presence of God, in ancient times, would be near him. David was in close relationship with God, but with this–oh! He would be in direct contact with His Blessings, Favor, and Glory.
Not only did David praise God with all his might, clothes falling off and all.
Not only did he burn sacrifices to God every few steps.
Not only did he give the people food and wine is abundance.
David came to bless his house.
But he was met by disdain and contempt.
His wife, Michal.
Michal despised David for the little “show” he was putting on for the world–particularly the women of the kingdom.
Maybe she knew about David’s extramarital relationships.
Maybe she always felt that David never really loved her.
Whatever the reason, Michal’s insecure comments could have stopped and derailed David’s appreciation and praise to God.
But it didn’t.
“It was before the Lord, who chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel. Therefore I will play music before the Lord. And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight. But as for the maidservants of whom you have spoken, by them I will be held in honor” (2 Samuel 6:21-22, NKJV)
I will even be more undignified.
When can we say that we are unashamed and unafraid to praise God with all our hearts?
Unafraid to look weird, be embarrassed, or even crazy?
When was the last time you put away your own pride and reasoning to let God have the very best of yourself?
So much that you looked undignified?
Undignified–to the world?
“Appearing foolish and unseemly; lacking in dignity.”
Ha! I would rather appear foolish to this world that calls evil good and good evil, than to withhold from The One Who made all things and loved me more than I can fathom or understand.
Yes, people around you may not understand your praise, your acknowledgment, your honor and your love for The One Who is Above all things.
They might ridicule you, look down you, and question your authenticity. They might even hate you for openly thanking and praising God.
But don’t let their insecurity, their jealously and shame stop you from demonstrating praise to God.
David’s heart was for the Lord. He danced, sang, shouted, ran, and leaped before God.
He did it before God.
Not before man, or women.
But before God alone.
He was free to praise God with all his heart because David knew Who He is.
He knew what The Lord had brought him through….
He shamelessly praised the God Who Knew him, and loved him, in spite of his failures, in spite of his mess, and in spite of his sin.
Shameless praise was in order for a shamelessly good God.
He has cleansed you, washed you with the blameless blood of His Son. He has raised you, set you free from sin, death, and hell. He loves you.
So, as you remind yourself of all the things He has done for you, and what He has brought you through, and how much He loves you–praise him!
Praise Him with all your heart, because HE LOVES YOU. And do it before Him alone. Because He is the only one that matters.
Don’t let the chains of pride, fear of man, low self esteem and shame rob you of praising The One Who Loves you. Let the chains fall off, and be free. For once you accept The Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior and Master of your life, you are to live life in freedom.
“For whom the Son sets free, is free indeed” (John 8:36).
Let God set you free indeed by accepting His unconditional love. Then praise Him, letting the world see you unafraid to be undignified before the King of the whole earth.
I love you all. And better yet, God loves you.
May you step out of your comfort place to praise the God Who Loves us past our reasoning and failures.