“I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes…”
In the above passage of scripture David is speaking to his wife, Michal. David had just brought the Ark of the Covenant back into Jerusalem and he made a celebration out of it before God. He had musicians playing and he himself danced and leaped before God in worship. He also took off his outer garment, though he was still clothed. As his wife Michal watched all of this, she “despised him in her heart” and she let him know how vile he had behaved. David’s reaction was that he would be even more undignified than what she had seen. He would let nothing stand in the way of him worshiping God with an extravagant heart.
The word “undignified” in the original Hebrew is “qalal.” It means to be of little account, insignificant, lightly esteemed. David had no worries about impressing others. He knew who’s he was. He had a history with God and recognized that God was the source of all of His victories. At this point, David just wanted to rejoice and give glory and thanks where it was due. Not only that, but he wanted to rally everyone else to do the same.
In 1 Chronicles 16:8-9 David wrote that day, “Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts…”
The difference between David and Michal is profound. David’s life, despite some blunders, was a free flowing offering of worship to God. He was a man after God’s own heart. Michal wasn’t concerned with praising God–she was stagnant. Sadly, because of her attitude in this situation, the Bible says that she had no child to the day of her death. One can’t make a theology out of this circumstance, however there is a principle that shouldn’t be overlooked- simply put- Don’t be like Michal. Be like David. I’m not talking about the way in which one worships, but about the heart. Be an extravagant, God-focused worshipper. Be one who’s goal is to love and glorify God and to stir that heart up in others. If people can go nuts over a touchdown, then all the more, we should celebrate what God has done for us!
©Hannah Ford 2008