Praise with No Bounds
2 Samuel 6:15-22
Verse 16 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.
Have you ever been so excited about something that you scream? Maybe it was at your kids’ sporting event or a band competition. Maybe it was your grandchild’s first step. Maybe it was seeing your soldier coming home or seeing a friend you haven’t seen in a while. No matter the circumstance most of us have had such a moment in our lives.
David was having this kind of a day. The Ark of the Covenant, which was the item at which God said He would meet with His people (Exodus 25:22) when they were in the wilderness. But it had been captured during a battle (1 Samuel 4:11), then moved to Kiriath-jearim where it remained for twenty years (1 Samuel 6:19-21). When David became king he knew the Ark needed to come to Jerusalem but because it wasn’t being transported the way God had commanded an incident happened causing the death of a guy named Uzzah (2 Samuel 6:1-8). So instead of continuing onto Jerusalem it was moved to Obed-edom’s house for three months and God blessed Obed-edom (2 Samuel 6:10-11). And then it was finally time for it to come to Jerusalem.
This was a BIG deal! To some it likely felt like God was coming back to live among His people. David, being a man after God’s own heart, couldn’t help but praise. And this wasn’t some quiet, reserved praise. Remember we talked yesterday about if the people were quiet the rocks would cry out? David was making sure the praise wasn’t left to creation! But not everyone thought it was becoming of a king to act in such an undignified way. In fact David’s wife, Michal, who was the daughter of King Saul, chastised David and it ended up getting her the status of shunned wife for the rest of her life.
We are apt to receive criticism from others too. In fact we should expect it. But that doesn’t mean we should stop praising. To stop praising would show that we feel other people’s opinions matter more than God’s. Where is your heart? Are you willing to be looked at as a fool or freak for Jesus?
Making It Personal
Has anyone made fun of you or made comments to you about your praising God exuberantly? Have you ever praised Him boldly and excitedly? How do you feel after giving Him such praise?
Making It Personal Kids
Today you get to dance and praise Jesus with a song! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEe1PEQREjk
Father, help us to be bold and honest in our praise of You even when others think we are crazy. We know that true praise, only and always, glorifies You. May our lives be lived full of praise for You. In Jesus’ name, amen.