"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. And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death." II Samuel 6:21b-23
Have you ever avoided doing something for God because you were concerned that it would make you look ridiculous? I know that I have. I grew up in a church where raising your hands meant you had a question. As a young man, I decided to honor God when I sang His praises by lifting my hands to Him. I did this for a number of months, in private. I was afraid to worship in church with raised hands because I was afraid of what others might think of me.
In the part of the Bible where the above verses are found, King David was really excited because he was bringing the symbol of God's presence into Jerusalem for the first time. It had become a stressful task. On the day they carried the Ark of the Covenant (the golden chest God commanded Moses to have made in Exodus 25), David danced before the LORD with all of his might. He was celebrating because this was the missing piece to right worship of God in the Old Testament.
David's wife Michal was very critical of how David was worshipping God that day. When David got home, Michal met him outside with these words: "How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today (heavy sarcasm), disrobing in the sight of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!" (II Samuel 6:20b). You can almost hear her condescending tone. Then David responded with the words above (II Samuel 6:21b-23).
David would act like a fool, even to himself, if it meant glorifying God. He also knew that in the end, people would honor and respect his efforts to lift up God in his life. Michal was severely disciplined for putting her pride over her husband's attempt to please God with all that he had.
Everything that we do is to be a form of worship to God (Romans 12:1). But that becomes quite a challenge when we worry what others might think. This doesn't just apply to when we are in a worship service. We need to be willing to look undignified or a little crazy whenever it comes to doing something God wants us to do.
What is it that you're holding back on? Where is it that God's asking you to make a stand that will potentially look very lame to others? Ask God to help you to understand correctly what the Bible is telling you to do. Then ask Him for the courage to do it.
One of my favorite songs by the David Crowder Band is based on this part of the Bible.
I will dance, I will sing, To be mad, For my King, Nothing Lord, is hindering, This passion, in my soul."
And I'll become, Even more undignified than this, Some may say, "It's foolishness, But I'll become
Even more undignified than this, Leave my pride, By my side, And I'll become, Even more undignified than this
Some may say, "It's foolishness, but I'll become, Even more undignified than this, Than this
La, la, la, la, la, HEY! La, la la, la, la, La, la, la, la, la, HEY!
La, la, la, la, la, It's all for You my Lord!
Posted on Thu, July 14, 2011
by David Gaunt