Have you ever despised someone’s display of emotion?
Have you found yourself passing judgement on their motives?
Michal, David’s wife, found herself in that state of mind and it cost her dearly.
2 Samuel 6 tells us that the Ark of the Covenant has been moved to Jerusalem. This time it was done properly and was only handled by the descendants of Aaron, the priests.
The Ark of the Covenant will be placed in the city of God’s people and it is time to party! There are trumpets blowing and cymbals clashing and the tribes are celebrating with all their might!
King David, rather than standing aside with a kingly nod, gets right in there with the people and celebrates as well! He cannot contain his praise! “Wearing a linen ephod, David danced before the Lord with all his might” vs. 14.
This is no little happy jig. Picture total abandon here!
Well, Michal looks out from her window, sees her husband celebrating and despises him.
“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.” vs. 20
She judges her husbands behavior as being unrefined and inappropriate. Maybe even hedonistic.
The problem is that while there are times to follow protocol, there are also times to all out celebrate. Is not this one of those times?
Is this a time for David to look all pompous as the people rejoice? Is he not just one of God’s people like the rest of them?
“David said to Michal, ‘it was before the Lord, 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.” vs. 21,22.
The truth of the matter was that Michal was humiliated by David’s humility.
It was a sin on Michal’s part to despise her husband and accuse him of vulgarity. She judged him wrongly.
The result was that she had no children until the day of her death.