“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.” (2 Samuel 6:12-16).
David is one of my favourite characters in the Bible. The Lord said about David that he was, “a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.” (Acts 13:22). What a great example for us to follow! Sure, he wasn’t perfect, but he had a passion and excitement for the Lord like few others. Today, I want us to take a look at one particular story about this King of Israel.
The Lord has blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that belonged to him, because of the ark of God. In the Old Testament, the ark of God was symbolic of the very presence of the Lord. And where the presence of the Lord was, in Obed-Edom’s house—there was great blessing. Is there any greater blessing that a child of God can receive than to be able to experience the presence of the Lord? When David heard about the Lord’s blessing upon Obed-Edom and his household, David decided to bring the ark of God to the City of David, and he did so with much gladness. The Bible says that when we worship the Lord, He inhabits the praises of His people, and where His presence is, there is fulness of joy. Praise and worship is an awesome, wonderful experience to those who have tasted and seen that indeed the Lord is good! David was one who knew the joy that came from God’s presence. Davie wrote: “In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11). There is joy that comes from knowing Jesus intimately.
And so it was…that he sacrificed… It’s not always easy to worship God—sometimes there is sacrifice involved! The Bible encourages us to, “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” (Hebrews 13:15). Sometimes it means sacrificing our pride, to stop being so concerned about what other people around us are thinking. Some people have a hard time praising the Lord at church because they are so worried about who might be watching them. But David wasn’t like that. David danced before the Lord with all his might. He loved the Lord, and he didn’t care what anyone else thought about Him—He was going to worship the Lord with all of his heart, mind soul and strength. Oh, that we had the heart of David to worship our God with freedom, in spirit and in truth! But we must remember that this often involves a sacrifice, and others might not understand or appreciate our zeal and excitement for the Lord.
Michal…saw King David leaping and whirling before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart. How sad! Here is David’s own wife, despising Him because He was leaping and whirling and dancing before the Lord. Sure, he may have looked like a fool to those around him, but David wasn’t dancing for the people, he was dancing before the Lord. Look at how this story ends for the critical Michal…
“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…!” So David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me… Therefore I will play music before the Lord. And I will be even more undignified than this…” Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.” (2 Samuel 6:20-23). When Michal criticized David for being so foolish in his worship of God, David responded by saying, “I am chosen by God—He chose me, He loves me, and I can’t help myself, but I must worship my King! I don’t care what you think about me, I will dance before the Lord, and I will be even more undignified than this!” Lord, that you would give your people the heart of David—the heart of a worshiper—that we would fear the Lord, and not fear other people or their opinions about us. “Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. Let them praise His name with the dance!” (Psalm 149:2-3).
Pastor Chris Jordan