"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, with frequent sacrifices of choice bulls. 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 a window. When she saw King David leaping and dancing before God, her heart filled with scorn."
(2 Samuel 6:12-16, MSG)
Scripture tells us that dancing was used as an act of worship to God while celebrating a joyous occasion. It was not uncommon to hear the sound of tambourines, drums, trumpets, and other musical instruments while expressing honor and admiration to the Lord. However, there are always those that are critical of any act of worship that is contrary to their own.
In Michal's case, she was more concerned with her royal image than expressing reverence towards God. She felt that David's behavior in honoring God with dance, was not fitting for a king. She must not have understood the joyous victory that David was experiencing while compelled to dancing. He was expressing a heart totally abandoned to God. He honored the Lord no matter what the cost or what ridicule may come his way.
It was evident that Michal didn't share in David's enthusiasm. This leads me to question her devotion to God. Was her relationship with the Almighty simply one of superficiality or tradition? After all, her main concern was her self-image and the opinion of others. Or is it that Michal had never experienced such joy in her heart that she was compelled to leap forth in dancing? To never have experienced such joy is sad, really.
So do not think it a strange thing if you see someone dancing before the Lord. They are simply expressing gratitude before God. In any case, every believer is responsible for living a holy life, without compromise, before the Lord.
The Bible tells us there was dancing upon the return of the prodigal son. There was dancing upon celebrating the Glory of God and His marvelous works. There was dancing upon the return of the Chest of God (ark of the covenant). So today I urge you to let your hair down and let your heart leap forth in dancing. Dance beloved, dance. Dance as though no one but the Almighty is watching.
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org .