“As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart.”
2 Samuel 6:16
Instead of joining David in worshipping the Lord, Michal sat in her window and criticized his enthusiasm. It should have been one of the most joyous days of David’s life and yet he comes home to an earful!
“When David returned home to bless his household, Michal, daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the King of Israel has distinguished himself today, disrobing in the sight of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”
2 Samuel 6:20
Notice how she was more concerned about David’s image as King of Israel than celebrating the return of the Ark of the Covenant. Yet, in her sarcasm she spoke truth. David did distinguish himself, but it wasn’t among the slave girls and servants rather he distinguished himself before God:
“David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel-I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.”
2 Samuel 6:21-22
David knew that he would be honored by the slave girls and servants because they too were worshippers. They had joined him in celebrating before the Lord. Michal, however, stayed behind and scoffed from the palace window. She was more interested in hiding behind her royal robes than worshipping the God of Israel, but her attitude cost her dearly:
“And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.”
2 Samuel 6:23
What about you? How would you characterize your worship? What keeps you bound? Is it the opinion of others, your image, your position, or identity? What royal robes are you hiding behind?
Pastor Scott Burr