The first thing David does after the defeat of Israel’s enemies is to bring the Ark into Jerusalem. We are to live by the Word of the Lord – Uzzah lived by his own ideas, and died. The Levites didn’t make that mistake a second time – they carried the Ark as the Lord instructed Moses!
“It was before the LORD … I will make myself yet more contemptible than this, and I will be abased in your eyes.”
David danced before the Lord with all his might.
We see here in David the behaviour that James, Paul, Peter and others exhort us toward in the new testament letters and gospels.
David humbles himself before the Lord, and the Lord exalts him (James 4:10, 1 Peter 5:6).
We see in Michal’s response that of the world. It sees true religion, worshipping our God above, as foolishness. Michal saw David abasing himself before the Lord, not caring that he might look silly, for the Lord’s glory – And she despised David, despising the Lord.
Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 1:18,
“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
This is it!
David considers the foolishness of God a much smarter choice than the wisdom of the world. He considers the weakness of God a far better choice than the strength of the world.
Praise God that in Jesus we see this reality written large. Paul says of Jesus in Philippians 2:8,
“And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him …”
Jesus, God the Son, humbled Himself before His Father. And His Father exalted Him!
We can join with David in reflecting Jesus to those around us, reflecting Him and His obedience, His humility.
* Loving God,
Thank You for David’s witness here, pointing to You.
Thank You for the work of You the Son, humbling Yourself, Son obedient to the Father even unto death on a cross.
Lord please teach us today what You want us to know, enough for the day, so that we might, little by little, grow in our knowledge and understanding of You.
Please make us more like Jesus.