Today’s reading: 2 Samuel 4-7.
In a time that views Christian devotion as strange and fanatical, it’s good to remember that God’s people have always been subject to derision. Things were no different for David. After becoming king over all of Israel, and capturing the city of Jerusalem, David brought the ark into his new capitol and danced in celebration with a heart full of joy. But his wife condemned him.
David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the LORD with all his might, while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouts and the sound of trumpets. As the ark of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, she despised him in her heart. 2 Samuel 6:14-16
She was probably upset because she thought his dress and behavior weren’t becoming for a king. David wasn’t dancing for her or for the Israelites, however, but for the LORD.
- He dressed in the ephod to identify with the other worshippers.
- He danced for joy to glorify God.
- He worshipped in a spirit of “penitence, joy, thankfulness, and devotion.” (Jamieson, Fausset & Brown)
- His worship came from the heart and was full of emotion as well as expressing a mind that acknowledged God and a will that was completely submitted to God.
After establishing his throne in Jerusalem, one of David’s first thoughts was to build a permanent sanctuary for the LORD to replace the tabernacle. David and the prophet Nathan both thought this would please the LORD, but instead God gives Nathan a different message: the temple will be built by David’s son. More importantly, God tells David that he, the LORD, is going to build a house for David, a family dynasty that will last for eternity.
‘The LORD declares to you that the LORD himself will establish a house for you: When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son.’ 2 Samuel 7:11-14
God’s plan had a double meaning. David’s son, Solomon, would build a temple for the LORD after David’s death. But God’s own son, who would come from David’s family, would build a spiritual house and an eternal kingdom. Why did God choose David for this incredible honor? I believe it was because David worshipped the LORD “with all his might.”
One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'” Mark 12:28-30
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