Friday, January 2, 2009

Michal the Snotty Hottie

2 Samuel 6:12-23 (New American Standard Bible)
"Now it was told King David, saying, "The LORD has blessed the house of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, on account of the ark of God."
David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into
the city of David with gladness. And so it was, that when the bearers of the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling. And David was dancing before the LORD with all his might, and David was wearing a linen ephod.
So David and all the house of Israel were bringing up the ark of the LORD with shouting and the sound of the trumpet.
Then it happened as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David that
Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.
So they brought in the ark of the LORD and set it
in its place inside the tent which David had pitched for it; and
David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD. When David had finished offering the burnt offering and the peace offering, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts. Further, he distributed to all the people, to all the multitude of Israel, both to men and women, a cake of bread and one of dates and one of raisins to each one. Then all the people departed each to his house. But when David returned to bless his household, Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, "How the king of Israel distinguished himself today! He uncovered himself today in the eyes of his servants' maids as one of the foolish ones shamelessly uncovers himself!" So David said to Michal, "It was before the LORD, who chose me above your father and above all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel; therefore I will celebrate before the LORD. "I will be more lightly esteemed than this and will be humble in my own eyes, but with the maids of whom you have spoken, with them I will be distinguished." Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death."

And now, let the conviction begin!!!

Wow, I don't know about you but I really feel ashamed when I read this passage. Not for Michal, but for myself. How many times have I discouraged my husband with a haughty, self-righteous, or (gasp!) jealous attitude?

Here's David, on perhaps the most joyous day of his life yet, shamelessly praising the Lord and honoring Him---and what does he come home to? His snotty first wife with her nose in the air and a chip on her shoulder.

Now, I understand that she's got a little bit to be jealous over. By now she's been through a lot with this guy. She started out adoring him, claiming to love him from an early age. The Bible doesn't seem to indicate whether or not her love was returned. However, shortly after her marriage to David, she's given in marriage to another man---and shortly after that is taken back by David to join him, and his several new wives, as one big, happy family. This has to be a situation that sparks some resentment---even if it was a common practice for the times.

I can just imagine her standing at the window, watching her handsome hunk dancing before the Lord, and despising him in her heart. A heart that was not right with the Lord---but was, instead, filled with jealousy and hurt. If Michal's heart would have been turned toward her husband and the Lord, she would have seen this situation for what it was---an honest act of worship by David. Instead, all she could see from that window was that her beloved was bearing his BVD's before all the blushing beauties below.

When I put myself in this situation, I can find many instances where I've let my jealousies kill my husband's spirit. He comes home from work to tell me about this great business luncheon that he had and all I can think about is the fact that he went out to lunch without me...and were there any girls there??? He scores high on a college assignment and I can't get past my bitterness that his schooling is taking up so much of our time to congratulate him. He shares with me the details of a fun day he had with the kids while I was out and all I can do is think about how I would have done things so much better had I been home.

Even though our men are strong, both physically and emotionally, we've got to be careful to nurture their spirits, rather than treat them so carelessly. We've got the power to build them up or break them down. As the Bible says in Proverbs 18:21, "The power of life and death is in the tongue". Today, I challenge myself to make sure my words, thoughts and actions are producing good fruit in my marriage.

1 comment:

  1. Great post. Ouch. :) I've been guilty of this before. Working hard to make sure I don't do it again. :)


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