What Will The Neighbors Think

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King David loved God.  God said that he is a “man after my own heart.”

“The Chest of God stayed at the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months.  And God prospered Obed-Edom and his entire household.”  2 Samuel 6:11 MSG

“It was reported to King David that God had prospered Obed-Edom and his entire household because of the Chest of God.  So David thought, “I’ll get that blessing for myself,” and went and brought up the Chest of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David, celebrating extravagantly all the way…” 2 Samuel 6:12-13 MSG

When is the last time we celebrated God extravagantly?

David was not ashamed to let everyone know how much he loved God.

“David, ceremonially dressed in priest’s linen, danced with great abandon before God. The whole country was with him as he accompanied the Chest of God with shouts and trumpet blasts.  But as the Chest of God came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, happened to be looking out the window.  When she saw King David leaping and dancing before God, her heart filled with scorn.”  2 Samuel 6:14-16

There’s nothing like being excited and joyous over something, then someone come along and throw a “wet blanket” over your joy!

God’s word doesn’t specifically say why Michal was full of scorn.  She may have thought his “dance” was too suggestive in front of other women.  Maybe she was jealous of all the glory and recognition he was receiving.  She may have resented that David had taken her away from her second husband Palti (after all he did cry after her).  And lastly, she may have felt sorry for her late father Saul.  David’s success at her Dad’s expense.

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“David returned home to bless his family.  Michal, Saul’s daughter, came out to greet him:  “How wonderfully the king has distinguished himself today – exposing himself to the eyes of the servants’ maids like a burlesque street dancer!”  David replied to Michal, “In God’s presence I’ll dance all I want!”

He didn’t care what he looked like.  He was celebrating God.  He was praising God.  He was offering himself unashamedly before God.

“I’ll dance to God’s glory – more recklessly even than this.  And as far as I’m concerned…I’ll gladly look like a fool…”  2 Samuel 6:20-22

David didn’t care what the neighbors thought of him.

How many times have we quenched the Holy Spirit welling up inside us. Inviting us to praise God.  Sometimes we are so afraid to even raise our hands in praise, worrying, “what will someone think” of us?

“On your feet now – applaud God!  Bring a gift of laughter, sing yourselves into his presence.  Know this: God is God, and God, God.  He made us; we didn’t make him.  We’re his people, his well-tended sheep.  Enter with the password:  “Thank you!”  Make yourselves at home, talking praise.  Thank him.  Worship him.  For God is sheer beauty, all-generous in love, loyal always and ever.”  Psalm 100: 1-5 MSG

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