|Posted by Barb on August 16, 2015 at 4:05 PM|
Introduction; We left off last time on Wednesday night in 2 Samuel chapter 6 verse 12, so we will pick it up in verse thirteen. If you remember David was going to bring back the ark.
13 And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he
sacrificed oxen and fatlings.
14 And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.
15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.
o God’s work was to be done God’s way and in God’s timing. Isn’t that what we all want?
o For everything to honor the Holy one. David’s approach was scriptural, now he was following the word, he had the poles that went through the rings on the ark, he also had the priests, so we could say that the whole focus was only on God and doing things for HIM Only.
o So we see here that David took off his royal robe and was dressed in a linen edpod, this is what you could say of being a long night shirt, a garment for sleep. So David was blending in with the rest of the crowd. He took the notice off of himself so everyone would be focusing on God. There would be nothing fancy about David.
o Now here we see that every six steps they stopped and sacrificed an ox, this wasn’t a quick method of dicing up a tomato, it took considerable time.
o Can’t you just imagine stopping every six steps and doing this?
o I’m sure that there were some in the crowd that got tired and looking ahead how far they had to go wanting David to just get on with it and do it the fast way. But you see David had already tried doing things the fast way, the way he thought was the good way of carrying it. So now David was everything God’s way.
o Now why do you suppose it was six steps? Why not seven or eight even ten?
o There is a significant reason for the number six, does anyone know what the number six means in the spiritual sense?
o It is the number of man, yes man, so this is David’s way of recognizing himself as a man unable to experience the glory of God. Why? Because man sinned and needed a sacrifice.
o For man to experience the glory of God he must draw near to Him in the way that God has laid out, here in the Old Testament. So man’s sin must be atoned for.
o David danced before the Lord with all his might, He gave it his all, he didn’t hold anything back. Running a race against others, if you want to win, you don’t care if sweat is pouring or you lose your watch while running, you keep going. What about when you are at home and the music is playing and no one is around, you bust a move don’t you? You might get a little funky because you know no one is watching you. Here David is only dancing for the Lord, he knows no one else is in the center of his heart but the Lord.
o Scripture says Love t he Lord with all your heart soul mind and strength.
o So everything is going good, David is dancing in worship to the Lord and the Holy Spirit is there with him and then something happens to quench the spirits moving.
o Isn’t that the way it seems sometimes when the Lord is really moving and you can feel the spirit, there might be someone harboring some ill thing and it hinders the spirit from moving further in ease.
16 And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.
17 And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.
18 And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts.
As David comes in Michal Saul’s daughter looked down at him and despised him. Now I find this interesting because she is David’s wife. Why was she upset, and why wasn’t she in the celebration with the rest of them? Was she too proud? Did she think herself better than not to come and worship the Lord? Was she Jealous? Well I think more than likely all of the above.
· You every encounter someone saying to you “Now don’t get to fanatical”! It’s good you go to church and pray and stuff, but don’t let it take over your whole life.
o Listen; if you don’t let God be the whole center of your being, you will not reap the fruit he has to offer you. We were created to worship and praise Him. We must do that in spirit and in truth.
o Michal refused to worship by staying in her home, she didn’t want to make a fuse over the ark coming back. In other words she didn’t care if the glory of God was falling or not, she wasn’t going to take place in it. We have people like that today friend. They don’t want to let go and let God.
o Because of that very act she would not reap the fruit of the Lord so she would be barren we will see, never to have children.
o Worship will free your soul, which in turn will feed your spirit.
David put the ark in the middle of the tabernacle and David honored God with offerings, He blessed the people in the name of the LORD.
19 And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, as well to the women as men, to everyone a cake of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed everyone to his house.
20 Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!
21 And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD.
22 And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour.
23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.
I find it interesting that the wording here calls Michal Saul’s’ daughter instead of David’s wife. So there was already a separation going on between them.
· Michal was very upset that David danced the way he did before the women who were around. After all they would have seen him and looked upon his body. I’m sure she was fit to be tied!
· David reminds her that it wasn’t for attention, it was for the Lord and he more than likely says, “women I will dance even more wildly before my Lord!” Same as saying “Just watch me!” Besides God chose me over your own father…..woo knife jab at her.
· He appointed me over everything so I will give him my all, more than this. Everyone will honor me because they know that it is for the Lord.
· Interesting that Michal is barren has no children. Didn’t worship the Lord.
So what have we learned from this short little story about one of the greatest worshipers in ancient times?
1. Well first we can learn to do things the Lords way by reading his word and finding out how we should handle any issues “His way”. David found out the hard way and had to make drastic changes in how he carried the ark. The Ark represented the presence of God. The glory of the Lord, Sometimes in life we will have to make drastic changes in how we are carrying our life. Because if God is in our heart, we are carrying Him. We need to honor Him in all we do. We can’t just do everything the way we want it.
2. We have to repent! David took six steps and then made a sacrifice, and atonement for his disobedience to what the Lord had spoken about carrying His ark. Every six steps, can you imagine? This was David humbling himself before the Lord, speaking out bolding that nothing is within him it is all for God!
3. We learn that true worship might offend others who are around. You might even get laughed at if you dance for the Lord. If you shout Amen! If you clap your hands, if you stand and sway, if you jump up and down. Why that’s just not proper is it? Look friends I’m going to tell you something and I hope it doesn’t offend anyone because that is not the intention.
I would love to see you all stand and truly worship the Lord with all your heart. Do you ever wonder why I don’t ask for you all to stand before worship? No you probably don’t, but I don’t do that because I want the worship here at Dinner Table to be free, I want it to be because you want to stand and honor God, not because I ask you to.
You know that people do a lot of things when asked, when they really don’t want to do it. I would like for you to experience freedom in your worship! Just like God desires for you to worship Him in spirit and truth with a child like faith, get your bust a move child inside on. Lol
Dare to believe that you don’t care what others think, you only have eyes for the King.
4. We learned that David honored the Lord by putting the ark back into the tabernacle where it belonged. He then blessed the people.
(i) So may I ask a question? What can you do to put back the glory of God back into your being? What is it that he desires most from you?
While we think about that last question I asked you I would like to play this song. Let’s praise the Lord together and honor him.
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