When David returned home to bless his own family, Michal, the daughter of Saul, came out to meet him. She said in disgust, “How distinguished the king of Israel loomed today, shamelessly exposing himself to the servant girls like any vulgar person might do!” David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.”2 Samuel 6:20-22 NLT
When we don’t know what someone has been through, we may not be able to understand their praise. Michal was concerned with appearances. She was disgusted with David’s display of joy. Perhaps she didn’t have a full understanding of how many times he had escaped death at the hands of her father, Saul. Could be she only saw the celebration and not the cause for it.
David’s response to Michal was priceless to me. He told her in no uncertain terms that he would become even more undignified than this in praising God for the victories He made possible. Have you ever been there?
Often while driving to work I’ll listen to praise and worship songs. Sometimes “my song” will play. You know the one. It’s the one that speaks directly to whatever situation you find yourself in at the moment. The one that makes the tears flow while you’re driving. As you sing the words or just let them pour out over your tender heart, you throw your arm up in praise.
If it’s still playing when you pull up to the building, you have to sit there for a few minutes to compose yourself. Because if you don’t, your next move is a ‘David’ one.
Reminders of how God has kept you in the past and how He is providing for you in the present flood your mind. The music and the words of whatever song it is by whichever artist has you about to bust an undignified move in the parking lot at the office!
There are many, like Michal, who won’t understand your praise. Because you don’t look like what you’ve been through. You haven’t been talking to everyone about what you’re going through. A Holy Ghost shoutfest would look strange. To some.
But, for those of us like David, sometimes the blessings of the Lord are just too much to contain. When God brings you through with your finances and your mind intact, the only thing to do is shout his name, “Jesus!”
When that weapon formed against you does not prosper. When you realize God kept his promises to you and brought your children back to Him! You just cannot stop the tears. And that’s how you end up with a praise dance in the parking lot!
If God has ever brought you through anything you did not believe you would get out of… if He has ever held you while you were in the midst of a trial, maybe you know what I mean.
Sometimes, our praise has to be tears flowing, feet dancing, arms waving. Because it is only by God’s grace and mercy that we are still here.
“My song” right now is Marvin Sapp’s He Has His Hands On You written by Stan Jones.
He has His hands on you
He says He’ll see you through
When you cry, He’s holding you
So just lift your hands up high
For He will provide
Just know He has His hands on you
Right now, if you’re in the middle of the fire, if you feel like you’re in over your head and there seems to be no way out, remember God still has you in His hands. Praise Him in advance of what He’s about to do for you and those you love.
Let’s be undignified like David!
Hey there friend! Andrea McCaskey here. I believe everything happens for a reason, life is meant to be lived in relationship with others and there is beauty to be found everywhere if we look. I am a friend of God, wife of Jamal and mother of Brandon and Madison.
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