David brought the ark of the covenant into his city, dancing with joy to the Lord among his people. This was a sincere, humble, expression of his joy towards God. Yet, some others felt that it was embarrassing for him to be dressing as one of the common people and mingling with them when he was king, even though he was praising God for his goodness. 2 Samuel 6 says,
“And 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’ female servants, as one of the vulgar fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!’ And David said to Michal, ‘It was before the Lord, who chose me above your father and above all his house, to appoint me as prince over Israel, the people of the Lord- and I will celebrate before the Lord. I will make myself yet more contemptible than this, and I will be abased in your eyes.”(2 Samuel 6: 20-23)
Although David faced repercussions from his own family for his actions, he still stood firm in his actions, knowing that his praise was pleasing to God. He understood that it didn’t matter what anyone else thought of him, as long as God was pleased. This attitude inspires me. I often get caught up in thinking about what others think of me or why, when I should be worrying about whether my conduct and attitude is pleasing towards God. His praise and worship is far more important than what other people, however close to me, might be thinking. I worry far too much about what others are thinking about me, instead I should focus on God. Although some of David’s family members became disillusioned with him, he continued to trust in God. He said,
“Cast your burden on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”(Psalms 55:22)
When I am challenged by circumstances or events beyond my control, I can always trust in God to sustain me, no matter how great the challenge.
Dear God, please help me to lean on You and trust You when I run into obstacles and challenges in my life. I know You have ultimate control, and I want to trust that You will work everything out for Your glory. Please help me to focus on You, and what You want from me, rather than worrying about others’ thoughts about me. In Jesus’s holy name I pray. Amen.