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She Despised Him in Her Heart

August 21, 2018

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She Despised Him in Her Heart

There are some people  who feel it is beneath their dignity  to praise the LORD God,  who created them.     That doesn’t really make sense,  but nevertheless,  there are many  who are repulsed  by the idea  of actually worshiping  our Creator and Redeemer.     They despise anyone  who prays to the Lord  and think of them  as being foolish.

It does not seem to matter to them  that they themselves are weak,  subject to sicknesses,  without the power  to create anything  from nothing,  subject to aging,  subject to failures,  etc., etc.     They choose  to ignore all their weaknesses  and failures — and choose  to set themselves up  as having total control  over their lives  and circumstances.     It’s all pretentious  and ignores reality.     But,  they find it very important  to their self-concepts  to put on a front  of being in authority,  in control,  and in demand  of everyone else’s respect.

God’s word tells us  about such feelings  as they affected David,  in his life’s story,  as recorded  in 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel.     Young David had killed Goliath  and become a part  of King Saul’s household.     It was then  that Michal,  King Saul’s daughter,  came to love David.     He was her hero.     One can read a little bit  about Michal’s love  in 1 Samuel 18.

However,  time goes on  and Samuel records  how David eventually became king  and is married  to Michal.     Then,  because David deeply honored the Lord  in his heart,  he brought the Ark of the Covenant  to the city of David,  amidst great celebrating  by all the people.    They made sacrifices  to the LORD  and carried the Ark  with mighty shouting,  singing,  and sounds  of the trumpets.     2 Samuel 6:14-16 records for us,

And David was dancing  before the LORD  with all his might,  and David was wearing a linen ephod.    So David  and all the house of Israel  were bringing up the ark  of the LORD  with shouting  and the sound  of the trumpet.   

 Then it happened  as the ark of the LORD came  into the city of David  that Michael  the daughter of Saul  looked out of the window  and saw King David  leaping and dancing  before the LORD;  and she despised him  in her heart.

Michal had not joined all the people  in their celebration.     Maybe she felt it was beneath her dignity  to mingle  with the people.     Maybe she felt it was silly  to honor the LORD  by carrying the ark  and giving it a place of honor nearby.     Maybe she just didn’t believe  in the LORD.     We are only told  that Michal utterly despised David  in her heart  when she saw him leaping and dancing  before the LORD.     So much for love.     Music and dancing  was the custom  for celebrations,  but Michal despised  such celebrating.

Then,  2 Samuel 6:20 reveals more  of Michal’s heart,

But when David returned  to bless his household,  Michal  the daughter of Saul came out  to meet David  and said,  “How the king of Israel  distinguished himself  today!     He uncovered himself today  in the eyes  of his servants’ maids  as one of the foolish ones  shamelessly uncovers himself!”

The linen ephod David wore  was shorter  than the regular clothes  the people wore.    He wore it  to honor the LORD,  but Michal was embarrassed  to have her husband honor the LORD  with his whole heart.    Worship was embarrassing  to her.

King David wasn’t about  to let his unbelieving wife  put down the LORD God Almighty.     She was the one  who was shameful.     So,  David replied  in 2 Samuel 6:21-22,

“It was before the LORD,  who chose me  above your father  and above all his house,  to appoint me ruler  over the people  of the LORD,  over Israel;  therefore  I will celebrate  before the LORD.     And I will be more lightly esteemed than this  and will be humble  in my own eyes,  but with the maids  of whom you have spoken,  with them  I will be distinguished.”

It was God  who made David king  of Israel  and took down  King Saul.     God made David king  because David had a good heart  filled with faith.     Saul was deposed  for his faithlessness.     So,  who was Michal  to despise  the one God chose?     Pride and arrogance  are big time problems  when it comes  to worshiping  in truth.

Even today,  there are many Michals  in this world.     Their pride and arrogance  keep them  from ever confessing their sins,  repenting,  and humbly accepting God’s forgiveness.     Somehow,  they feel it is beneath their dignity  to admit  they are not worthy  of an eternity  in heaven.     None of us  can ever be worthy.     But,  when we humbly admit  our unworthiness  before the LORD  and rejoice greatly  in the salvation  He gladly gives us  in Jesus Christ,  God gladly makes us worthy  for Jesus’ sake.

Setting aside  all our pretentious pride  and arrogance,  we humbly and joyfully sing praises  to the Lord,  saying,  “Hallelujah!     Blessed be Your name,  LORD,  for all Your love and faithfulness  in caring for us  and washing away our sins  in Jesus Christ.”

Love,
Margaret

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