What Will People Think?

When King David returned the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, he led the way praising the Lord with dancing and music while wearing a simple linen garment. It seems that in his vigorous worship he had, well … accidentally … exposed himself. Not surprisingly, on his return home, he got a serve from one of his wives.

20 And David returned to bless his household. But Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, “How the king of Israel honoured himself today, uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants’ female servants, as one of the vulgar fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!” 

21 And David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me above your father and above all his house, to appoint me as prince over Israel, the people of the Lordand I will celebrate before the Lord.22 I will make myself yet more contemptible than this, and I will be abased in your eyes. But by the female servants of whom you have spoken, by them I shall be held in honor.” 23 And Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death. (2 Samuel 6)

Michal was worried about what people thought, whereas David was concerned with honouring God.  In fact, like Christ, he was prepared to lose honour so as to give more to God.

Everything we do is done ‘before the LORD’.  In 2019 give God 100% of yourself in public worship and private thanks. Sing with all your might, honour him with your words and choices and never kerb your Christianity to please people.

Denis Olive