“When David returned home to bless his own family, Michal, the daughter of Saul, came out to meet him. She said in disgust, “How distinguished the king of Israel looked today, shamelessly exposing himself to the servant girls like any vulgar person might do!” David retorted to Michal, “I was dancing before the Lord, who chose me above your father and all his family! He appointed me as the leader of Israel, the people of the Lord, so I celebrate before the Lord. Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, even to be humiliated in my own eyes!” 2 Sam 6:20-22 NLT
Saul’s daughter, Michal, was so distracted by David’s undignified worship that it hindered her from celebrating the ark’s return to the city. But, David made sure she knew that his motives were an outward reflection of his heart. I think on my church’s worship services. There are people dancing & waving flags. There have been times when I have let that distract me from what God wants to do in me. But, there’s also a supernatural freedom and joy that I see and crave. He might not be asking me to do those things. And he is more concerned about my heart posture towards him. But, he could be asking me to lift my hands in surrender to him. Am I willing to look foolish for him?
“It is time to bring back the Ark of our God, for we neglected it during the reign of Saul. Then David and all of Israel went to Balaah of Judah (also called Kiriath-jearim) to bring back the Ark of God, which bears the name of the Lord who is enthroned between the cherubim. David and all Israel were celebrating before God with all their might, singing songs and playing all kinds of musical instruments-lyres, harps, tambourines, cymbals, and trumpets.” 1 Chronicles 13:3-8 NLT
David brought the ark back to the center of Israel to remind them of their true foundation and worship. Israel’s neglect of the ark symbolized their neglect of God. I reflect on this as I work on my garden that’s been overtaken with weeds. What have I been neglecting in my spiritual life to bring me closer to God?
Dear Father, I give you all my worship & praise. Thank you that you are a God who likes celebration. Forgive me when I let lesser things get in the way of that. Amen.