Posted by: springsinthedesert | July 25, 2011

Be Watchful

Old testament stories have always fascinated me. Its fun to read them because they give a clear picture about how life was in those biblical times. Moreover, they convey spiritual truths which everyone, coming generations too can follow.

In the book of 2 Samuel chapter 6, we read about David bringing the ark of the covenant back to his city from the house of Obed-Edom. In those times, the ark represented the presence of God and we see David, wearing a linen ephod, dancing before the Lord with all his might. He did not think that he was the King of Israel..He did not consider that his subjects were watching…He did not care what his people will think about him…David worshipped the Lord with all his might…The joy of worship was bubbling within his heart that his feet could not stop dancing. Michal, his wife watched the procession from the widow of her palace…she saw him dancing and leaping before the Lord and despised him in her heart. I would like to explain the spirit behind Michal’s despise.

The spirit of dishonor

The dictionary meaning of the word despise is ‘to dislike intensely’. What did Michal dislike intensely? She did not like the way David worshiped the Lord or in other words honoring the Lord was not in her interests. She could not even think someone crazily worshipping God.

The spirit of judging one’s relationship with God

Michal considered herself and her family to be higher than God…or in other words, she believed that David being a King need not worship God just like any other ordinary man..After all, he and his family has a respect among his people and that respectful stature should be maintained in his relationship with God. She could not accept the fact that David was frantically behaving before the ark of God forgetting his position among the people.

The spirit of false dignity

Michal says in verse 20, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!” She had a puffed up feeling about her social status which made her think that all others, including the slave women to be under her authority.

Beware of this spirit of Michal in our present lives. Be always watchful about your thoughts, actions and attitudes…any of this can dishonor God. Let us not judge one’s relationship with God. Let us not ridicule the way someone worship the Lord. He might be different in his views…but its his relationship with God and we are nobody to judge that. Bible says that we should never consider ourselves higher than others…We should have a respect towards everyone…the weak, the mighty, the anointed and the backsliding one. Every one of us have a position in God and it is His responsibility to build us up to the mark He is expecting from us.

Bible says that Michal did not have children till her death. Let us be careful in condemning or judging others…Let us always consider others higher than us…Let us be watchful in honoring God in everything we do…Let us not hinder ourselves from receiving what God has intended for us..May God bless you with this thought.

God Bless,

Rani John

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Responses

  1. What a direct and pointed message which tells me personally to watch myself! Attending a service today of a denomination of which I have never participated or seen before, I was unsure of the methods of worship I witnessed. Later, I felt like I shouldn’t judge them for their means of expression of their love for God and it has been confirmed by your words.

  2. This really makes me think, who am I that God is mindful of me, yet His eyes are always upon me and He even has numbered my hairs. Every whisper of mine is a delight to Him and He sees the desires of my heart and able to give me much more than I ask for. May God help me and every one who reads this to guard the heart and tongue that no evil thought be entertained and no judgemental word comes out of the mouth. Thank you for reminding me. May God richly bless you, Rani,
    Susan


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