2 Samuel 6:16 (NRSV)-
16 As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal daughter of Saul looked out of the window, and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.
As David danced, rejoiced, and made a joyful noise unto the Lord in an ephod (imagine a pair of tight-fitting shorts with a muscle shirt and apron attached), his wife looked down from a window and despised him in her heart.
Michal judged and despised David because she thought leaping and dancing in tight-fitting garments before all the people of Israel was beneath the king and unbecoming of his dignity. Moreover, since she was Saul’s daughter, she felt it was derogatory to the high position and throne of Israel.
While we may not see a king or queen leaping and dancing in public, when people step outside of society’s prescribed norms, this reaction is common. Just think about it- when we see a flash mob or a person randomly dancing in a public place for no particular reason, many people watch with judgment in their eyes. Or, if someone becomes a little too spirited, excited, and loud in a 5-Star restaurant or private club, people around them stare with offense until the manager walks over to calm down the situation. Or, when someone gets a little too joyful or overcome by the Holy Spirit in a traditional worship service, people look around in hushed tones and contempt in their hearts.
Michal’s reaction, contempt, offense, and judgment are the exact opposite of how David’s acted in the presence and magnitude of the Lord. Her reaction cut David deeply, because, among all the multitudes of Israel, none was found to despise him more than his wife. Moreover, she demonstrated that she was more concerned with how people saw her and her house than how her husband, the king, honored God. As such, by making it about her, Michal dishonored God, her sovereign, and her husband before his people and his family.
Our selfishness and innate ability to make everything about us lead to enmity and judgmentalism. And, by making it about us, we lose sight of the magnitude of God’s presence and holiness in our lives. When this occurs, we exchange the truth of God’s word for the lies of the world, thereby prohibiting ourselves from fully worshiping in fellowship with one another.
Today, rather letting selfishness, ego, and self-centered delusion blind us to the truth of God’s word, let’s reject the lies of the world, lay aside our judgmentalism, stop caring about what other people think, and celebrate the presence of God in our lives.
Father God, thank you for your presence in our lives. And, thank you for the truth of your word. Please help to embrace this truth and your presence by rejecting the lies of the world. Please guide us to lay aside our self-centered delusions. And, please teach us to stop judging and paying attention to what others think of us. Rather, please guide us to focus our attention and hearts on you. In doing so, please help us to celebrate all that you are doing in our lives. In Jesus’ precious and holy name, we pray. Amen!