Have you ever met someone so bitter that they complain about other people’s happiness?
“They won’t stop smiling.”
“No one is ever that happy.”
“It makes me sick.”
Surprisingly, there are many out there. So sour, so harsh, so acrid, that they have to question and judge someone’s joy? Well that’s public school, for you. Just kidding (not really)!!
The Redefined Student Ministry is studying the life of David in January and February, but it’s impossible to talk about everything in just seven meetings. We’ll have to skip some stuff from one week to the next, so we’re covering all the in-between stuff here on the blog. Read on!
In 2 Samuel 6, David, now anointed King, is celebrating the return of God’s Ark, which holds the Ten Commandments. The city is celebrating with all their might.
Just Gotta Dance
This small chapter says David celebrated, “with all his might” at least four times, so I’m assuming he’d probably be tired, but no. He was so happy, so happy to celebrate before the Lord.
C’mon, like you’ve never been in one of those moods? Where you just want to jump and shout and sing because God is good. Who cares if you’re humiliating yourself in front of others? David sure didn’t care.
One of his wives, Michal, saw this; “She despised him in her heart” (2 Samuel 6:16). She was the party pooper that was too bitter to care.
After David finished his burnt offering, he gave everyone delicious food and blessed every single Israelite in the name of the Lord, and they went home. David, still buzzing with joy comes home, ready to bless his household as well, only to be confronted by Michal.
So Many Snaps
“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!” (2 Samuel 6:20, NIV) Oh no she didn’t …
No, David wasn’t going to let her condemn him. So he replies,
“It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house (Oh snap!) when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel – I will celebrate before the Lord” (2 Samuel 6:21, NIV). Talk about a sick burn.
God’s Grace is Eternal
David doesn’t take God’s grace for granted. He’s messed up in so many places, yet God has and is still blessing him. How could David not celebrate?
His love for David, and for us is eternal. Agape love. Michal’s bitterness or however many people judge him isn’t going to stop David from loving God. And in the end, God didn’t bless Michal with children. Her bitterness and spite bore no fruit.
Brittania is a senior at Larkin High School in Elgin. She MCs announcements at Redefined and helps in the production booth. She likes music and drama and sloths and pretty much anything that’s not mean. Fave quote: “Sleep is a curse, and a curse I must live.”