“The Michal Mishap” (Devotion)
There’s a passage found in 2 Samuel chapter 6 that I’ve been fascinated by for quite a while now. Most of us know it by Matt Redman’s “Undignified,” and most would say it’s all about King David’s over-the-top celebration as the ark of God’s presence is returned to its rightful home.
That’s for sure a legitimate take on the passage, but there’s another angle to the story, a subplot if you will. And although Old Testament “strip dancing” is tough to beat when it comes to compelling reading, this subplot just might have what it takes. It’s introduced in the form of David’s wife.
If my title hasn’t given it away already, enter Michal, the daughter of the former King Saul and first wife to King David. You know the story…
Watching the procession in the distance as the army of 30,000 strong returns victorious from battle, the ark in hand, Michal is disgusted by her husband’s display of emotion as he worships God.
Now, he wasn’t “jay-bird” naked… But he was down to his priestly apron, aka “ephod.” And it was more than his wife could take as she watched from the palace window. Her response:
2 Samuel 6:20 “How wonderfully the king has distinguished himself today (Hint o’ sarcasm) exposing himself to the eyes of the servants’ maids like some burlesque street dancer!” (MSG)
We could go a lot of directions from here, but one thing especially stands out to me. I think Michal is a picture of The Church. What exactly do I mean?
Speaking from personal experience… I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a ministry, a church, even a worship leader (from my palace window so to speak) and formed an unfair opinion from a distance of their way of doing things, their worship.
“That’s weird.” “That’s just too much.” “That’s not enough.” “How can they do it that way?” And before I know it… I’ve fallen victim to the “Michal Mishap.”
It’s interesting to me how this passage ends in verse 23, "And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death."
So what’s the connection? I’m convinced that people who shut down moves of God simply because they make them feel uncomfortable or they don’t understand them... are unable to give birth to anything significant in their own lives.
Now, I’m not suggesting that we stop using God’s word as the standard, but more often than not, I’m convinced that my issue has less to do with what I don’t agree with, and more to do with what I don’t understand.
In other words... if we’re not careful, we can become so consumed with speaking death into other people's situation that we become incapable of producing any life in our own.
Think about it… what if we put one tenth of the energy we invest into divisive, pointless “doctrinal discussion” and redirected it towards finding the areas we agree in? Again, from personal experience, there’s life in that!
Pastor Steven Furtick of Elevation Church says it this way, “I want to build a generation that is known for what we are for and not what we are against.”
And sometimes it’s so helpful to just ask ourselves, where is this person coming from? I mean, why was David so jacked? His people had literally been separated from the presence of God for 100 years, and it took an insane amount of sacrifice to make it right! I’m not much of a dancer, but I’m guessing I would have been leading the way with some “fiddler on the roof” moves right into the streets of J-town!
There’s just something about a heart that is open to worshiping God regardless of the difference in style or preference. When we can learn to see others from that perspective, we become a life-giving force for the Kingdom of God. And life starts flowing right back in our direction!Comment on Facebook Comment on Twitter
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