INTRODUCTION: Last week we looked at David worshipping God with abandon as he brought the ark back to Jerusalem and asked, “What type of worship pleases God?” This week, we’ll look at how Michal’s, David’s wife, responded to David’s worship, and ask, “What is blocking you from truly worshipping Him with all of your heart, your soul, and your mind?”
16As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, and she despised him in her heart. 17And they brought in the ark of the Lord and set it in its place, inside the tent that David had pitched for it. And David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord. 18And when David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts 19and distributed among all the people, the whole multitude of Israel, both men and women, a cake of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins to each one. Then all the people departed, each to his house. 20And David returned to bless his household. But Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, “How the king of Israel honored himself today, uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants’ female servants, as one of the vulgar fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!” 21And 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 Lord—and I will celebrate before the Lord. 22I 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.” 23And Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death. 2 Samuel 6:16-23
What is your first reaction when you see someone worshipping differently than you do?
Read 2 Samuel 6:12-15. How would you have reacted had you seen David worshipping like he did?
Read through the following and discuss what you learn about Michal: 1 Samuel 18:20-29, 1 Samuel 19:9-18, 1 Samuel 25:44, 2 Samuel 3:13-16.
Read 2 Samuel 6:16-23. What did Michal focus on as she watched David? Why do you think this was her main focus rather than focusing on the ark (presence) of God?
Why do you think she was not worshipping with the rest of Israel but rather was watching from above?
Besides dancing, how else did David worship God?
What were the three barriers Joe mentioned that blocked Michal’s worship? *
Do you see any of those barriers in your life? If so, what will you do to remove them?
* critical heart, self-absorbed attitude, unresolved baggage
This week do a self-evaluation as to what is blocking you from truly worshipping Him with all of your heart, your soul and your mind. Is it a critical heart, a self-absorbed attitude, or some unresolved baggage? Something else? Ask God to free you from whatever is hindering you from worship.
FOR FURTHER STUDY
Many consider “worship” and “music” synonymous. We have learned in the past two weeks that worship that truly pleases God comes from the heart in many different forms. Read each passage, and note what you learn about worship.
- Genesis 4:1-7
- Genesis 22:12-14
- Malachi 1:1-14
- Mark 12:41-44
- Luke 7:36-50
- Luke 22:41-43
- Acts 5:1-11
- Acts 16:24-26
- 1 Corinthians 10:31
- Colossians 3:17