2 Samuel 6:20-23 (NRSV)-
20 David returned to bless his household. But Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, “How the king of Israel honored himself today, uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants’ maids, as any vulgar fellow might shamelessly uncover himself!” 21 David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me in place of your father and all his household, to appoint me as prince over Israel, the people of the Lord, that I have danced before the Lord. 22 I will make myself yet more contemptible than this, and I will be abased in my own eyes; but by the maids of whom you have spoken, by them I shall be held in honor.” 23 And Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death.
After David had successfully brought the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem, celebrated, rejoiced, sacrificed resources, and given food to each man and women of the House of Israel, he returned home to bless his household.
When David returned home, he was likely excited, enthusiastic, and amped up with joy. But, then he walked into his house and his wife, Michal, who had judged and despised him, proclaims, “How the king of Israel honored himself today, uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants’ maids, as any vulgar fellow might shamelessly uncover himself!”
How would you respond? Would the joy and emotion of the celebration quickly dissipate? Would it be replaced with anger and frustration?
David’s response in 2 Samuel 6:21-22 demonstrates both anger and resolve. By reaffirming that it was the Lord that chose him over Michal’s father, Saul, and insisting that he will make himself more contemptible and abased, David reveals the focus of his heart. He was not worried about what his wife would think, how he looked in public, or what others thought of him. Rather, he focused on God because it was God who moved him from a shepherd boy in the fields to a warrior, to a
general, and to his anointed king.
David not only understood that the worship of God’s presence is not about us, but that we are nothing and have nothing without the Lord. That is, who we are, our successes, our accomplishments, what we do, and what we have been given come from God. And, without God
and our identities in Christ, we are nothing.
Michal did not understand God’s power, presence, and provision. So, she responded with judgment and contempt. In doing so, she was never blessed with children. Yet, David’s son, Solomon, would go on to build a Temple for the Ark and continue a line of kings that led to Christ.
Today, like David, let’s not only recognize that it is not about us, let’s reverently worship and thank God for his power, presence, and provision in our lives.
Father God, thank you for your power, presence, and provision in our lives. Thank you for the countless examples that we have of your provision. Thank you for the example of David being moved from a shepherd boy to your anointed king. Thank you for where you have moved us. Thank you for all that you have given us. And, above all, thank you for our identities in Christ. In His name, we pray. Amen!