Despised for Celebrating the Lord?

1 Chronicles 15:25-29 (ESV)

So David and the elders of Israel and the commanders of thousands went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD from the house of Obed-edom with rejoicing. And because God helped the Levites who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams. David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as also were all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and the singers and Chenaniah the leader of the music of the singers. And David wore a linen ephod. So all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, to the sound of the horn, trumpets, and cymbals, and made loud music on harps and lyres. And as the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David dancing and celebrating, and she despised him in her heart.


I have to wonder, why it is that David’s wife Michal would despise him because he was dancing and celebrating the return of the Ark of the Covenant. It is not that he was saying or doing things to embarrass her, or poke fun of her. He and all the elders of Israel were bringing the ark into the city of David. David was probably not the only one dancing, or was he? The text does not say, but I would think that when people saw the king dancing, they were probably dancing as well. Was it because Michal was not invited to be part of the celebration? We don’t really know that either, but for some reason she despised him at that point.

As far as David and the leaders of Israel, they were rejoicing, because the ark of the covenant had been in the hands of the Philistines for seven months, then was kept at Kiriath-Jearim, for a time after the Philistines returned it to Israel because its presence brought sores and sickness upon the Philistines. This is something to think about. The Ark of the Lord was only for Israel. Anyone else who tried to possess it, became sick / had plagues come upon them. Even while moving the ark in Israel, when an ox stumbled and Uzzah reached out to take hold of the ark, so it would not fall off the wagon, God struck him down.


Some things do not make sense to me. Uzzah was trying to ensure the safety of the ark, but because he touched it, he was struck down. This is worthy of further study, and may show up again soon.


To wrap up... David and all Israel were rejoicing because of the Ark of the Covenant being brought back to Jerusalem where it belonged. David danced and celebrated. David’s wife Michal despised him in her heart because of it.


I think we are all in danger of being despised by others when we rejoice at the Lord’s goodness, but we should not shrink back. We should rejoice, and if we feel like dancing at His goodness, then by all means, dance, sing, celebrate.


by Virgil Stripes

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