Undignified

2 Samuel 6:20–22

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And David returned to bless his household. But Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, “How the king of Israel honored himself today, uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants’ female servants, as one of the vulgar fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!” And David said to Michal, “It was before the LORD, who chose me above your father and above all his house, to appoint me as prince over Israel, the people of the LORD—and I will celebrate before the LORD. I will make myself yet more contemptible than this, and I will be abased in your eyes. But by the female servants of whom you have spoken, by them I shall be held in honor.”

2 Samuel 6:20–22, ESV 

In spite of the status that David was given as he was raised up to the level of the king of the people of Israel, he humbled himself before the Lord. As he returned the Ark to Jerusalem, he danced and offered sacrifices to the Lord. In his prior attempt, he had treated the Ark as something common, and it cost one of his fellow soldiers his life, but upon hearing of the blessings that occurred where he had left the Ark, he returned the Ark to Jerusalem with great honor. In his humbling of himself with the dancing, his wife, Michal, thought he was making himself a fool and had dishonored himself before all the people. We are not meant to be afraid of how we may appear to those whose hearts are not with God. Let us be seen as fools to the world as long as we are faithful and are worship is raised toward God. We need not dance and do as David did, but we are called to celebrate the Gospel and be ready to share with those who need to hear. Our lives are called to be a continual reflection of our Lord, and we are called to do everything we do to His glory. There will be those who will mock us, but we should not be concerned with them but be ready to share the hope that is within us. David did not live a life that is one that any of us should model in our own lives, but his faith is where we can look and model that in our lives. As the band Lost and Found sang about this event, let us sing, “I will Be…even more undignified than this…some will say it’s foolishness…” 

Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.