She Didn’t Like the Way He Danced / It Is Not About Me
2 Samuel 6:17-23
1 Chronicles 15:25-29
I came upon these statistics recently – maybe this is why my dad used to say to my brother “church won’t kill you so get up”:
FOR SAFETY’S SAKE . . . ( source unknown)
Do NOT ride in automobiles: they cause 20% of all fatal accidents.
Do NOT stay home: 17% of all accidents do occur in home.
Do NOT walk on the streets or sidewalks: 14% of all accidents happen to pedestrians.
Do NOT travel by air, rail, or water: 6% of all accidents happen on these.
ONLY ... .001% of all deaths occur in worship services in church, and these are related to previous physical disorders. Hence, the safest place in the world for you to be; at any time is church.
Bible study is pretty safe, too. The percentage for safety is greater, there is even less. Go to church! IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE!
Last week I shared with you my own personal purpose statement: To Be Dedicated to Sharing Christ Love, to Cultivate and Nurture Spiritual Growth in Myself and Others, and to Worship God. This morning I would like us to look at an example of worship in the Old Testament.
Tucked away in the life of King David is a story about his marriage to Michal, King Saul’s daughter, and the Ark of the Covenant, an object of worship. Let me set the stage for you.
- This story happens about 1000 BC.
- It is a story of 2 people and an important object
- It is found in 1 Chronicles 15 as well as 2 Samuel 6 – I will retell this story from both references.
- It is about the Ark of Covenant. The Ark of the Covenant was made famous by an Indiana Jones movie. It was constructed back in Moses’ day to carry sacred items and the 10 Commandments and went before Israel when they went into battle. 4 ft long and 2 ft wide - portable chest.
- The Ark was in a homeless state and David wanted to bring the Ark into Jerusalem. After one failed attempt David tries again to bring the Ark into Jerusalem and this time he followed the directions.
I. We pick up the story of King David and fellow worshippers. The Scripture tells us that David took off his royal garments and put on a clean linen tunic and led the procession of priests into Jerusalem – as led the procession he danced with joy.
- 2 Samuel 6:16 But as the Ark of the Lord entered the City of David, Michal, the daughter of Saul, looked down from her window. When she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she was filled with contempt for him (NLT) / she despised him in her heart. (NIV)
- David danced and Michal despised him / scorned him. He actually really danced. We are not talking about ball room dancing.
1. Everything in him exploded. He was all over the place.
- She didn’t like the way he danced. I don’t think that he was out of step but she didn’t like the fact that he was showing his excitement and he wasn’t dressed like a King. He was just too un-kingly.
- Her daddy would never have danced like that. He would have rode into Jerusalem in a place of honor.
- But David was leading the dance
- She sat at home and watched critically from the balcony window
- Did I mention David really danced? Michal pouted and David danced.
- Not only did he dance, he gave a burnt offering to the Lord and fed them all lunch. He sent the entire group home with a full belly except those that didn’t celebrate and dance like his critical wife Michal.
- David the King:
- He didn’t elevate himself
- He didn’t put himself above the Ark
- He was more interested in worshipping
- David led by example
- He was one of the worshippers
- And he danced – “O did he dance.”
E. Michal on the other hand:
- She remained an observer - A critical one at that
- Maybe she a had a good reason – headache, busy running the King’s household
- But she didn’t approve – she was disgusted with his exuberant dancing
- Michal scorned
- A daughter of a king watched her husband who was now the king dance
- Her daddy wouldn’t have stooped so low
F. After the celebration was over David couldn’t wait to get home to share the good news of the worship service and that the Ark was where it needed to be. When David got home his “loving” scornful wife was waiting at the door.
1. 2 Samuel 6:20 Michal sarcastically said to David "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. David’s response was every bit as pointed as Michal’s sarcasm. 2 Samuel 6:21-22 "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."
3. When the heart of worship meets human skepticism there is an eruption.
- Worship is about God.
- “I didn’t dance for you or anyone else, I danced for God. I don’t care about what I looked like I was dancing for God.
4. If you really want to know why I am King and your Father isn’t it is because I worship God first and your dad worshipped himself.
- The sad part of the story is that Michal never did get it. She never caught on to why David was favored. David worshipped the Lord. She paid for her disdain – listen to 2 Samuel 6:23 “And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.”
- Her disregard of worship cost her dearly.
- She couldn’t see that God has to come first. And that worship is one way to express that love we have.
II. Application – there is an application here – the truth is that it is never about us it about worshipping God:
- We are called to be participants in worship rather than observers.
- To those that merely watch come misunderstanding and a critical spirit.
- Misunderstanding leads to criticism and criticism leads to despising and scorn.
- It is dangerous to be religious spectator – to watch from the window, to watch from the back row or even from the front row – can inoculate us from experiencing the Holy Spirit.
- David was passionately in love with for God. When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was He responded - Mark 12:30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'
- The problem that Michal had was her focus. Her focal point was not God but herself – she was more concerned about herself. She was looking at what pleased her. Her life was more concerned about herself. It wasn’t about God but herself. The King wasn’t acting kingly and that meant her image was in jeopardy.
- Coming on Sunday morning or any other time is not about us – it is about God first.
- We need to get rid of all the getting something first and learn to worship God
- Do we love God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit more than anything or anyone else?
- David on the other hand thought, believed, that it was only about God. What he did was all about God. Nothing was done out of selfishness. John the Baptist was right when he said it wasn’t about him – it was about him decreasing and Christ increasing.
Our focus must be on loving the Lord passionately. “If worship does not change us, it has not been worship.” Richard Foster.
Participation is required!!
Soon there will be a Super Bowl MVP and they will say something about going to Disney World. It would be great if that MVP would say – “Before I go Disney World I am going to Church to worship God and give thanks.”
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