II Samuel 6:20-22
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.
'If Lovin' You is Wrong, I Don't Wanna' be Right'
To get a modern take on this passage, think back to the late 80's, early 90's when Lady Diana Spencer became the Princess of Wales. She was often in trouble with the Royal House because she didn't 'behave' as expected. She would hug people, and go places royalty didn't usually go. She wasn't wrong. She just wasn't acting like royalty.
More recently, think of all the excitement that happened when Mrs. Obama put her arm around the Queen of England in a photo. Again, it wasn't something you were supposed to do with royalty.
Michal was Saul's daughter. She was a princess. Though Saul had a humble background, he had been king her whole life. All she knew was a life as royalty. She learned at an early age that a princess behaves in a certain way. Some behaviors were acceptable as a member of the royal family and other things were not.
When David, her husband, became king and was able to secure the return of the ark of the covenant, he was over come with joy "And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod." (II Samuel 6:14). He was almost naked, out in public, leading the 'parade.' Michal was embarrased by this behavior. It was not right, in her mind, for a king to behave this way.
What she didn't understand was that it wasn't right in David's mind for him not to behave this way. David, though a subject of Saul as long as Saul was king, answered to a higher...no, THE higher king.
David had been in a love affair with God long before he met Michal. He had been intimate with God, pouring his heart out in times of triumph and in times of fear. David is described as a man after God's own heart (Acts 13:22).
David couldn't give God less than all he had, and made sure that his wife understood that he would behave this way and worse if that's what the situation required. Being 'right' before men can never compare to being 'righteous' before God.
I didn't mean to be trite quoting a song title when talking about loving the Lord, but this one fit. I am amazed, and frankly embarrased how in my own life the voice of the Holy Spirit can be drowned out by the ever present 'but what will people think if I do that?'
Child of God, the answer is 'What will God think if you don't?' Jesus said if we deny Him before men, He would deny us before his Father (Matt 10:33). As believers, we must make the choice. Our will is free, but the consequences are real and clearly defined.
I encourage you to take up David's example and enjoy the freedom you have to worship. Tune out anything in your life (because it's different for all of us) that seeks to drown out the Holy Spirit. This isn't a call to anarchy...its a call to obedience. Because if lovin' Jesus is wrong, is that really the 'right' you want?
-Sis. Stephanie Robinson
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