2 Samuel 6:1–23 (NKJV)

6:1 Again David gathered all the choice men of Israel, thirty thousand. 2 And David arose and went with all the people who were with him from Baale Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, whose name is called by the Name, the Lord of Hosts, who dwells between the cherubim. 3 So they set the ark of God on a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the new cart. 4 And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill, accompanying the ark of God; and Ahio went before the ark. 5 Then David and all the house of Israel played music before the Lord on all kinds of instruments of fir wood, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on sistrums, and on cymbals. 6 And when they came to Nachon’s threshing floor, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. 7 Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his error; and he died there by the ark of God. 8 And David became angry because of the Lord’s outbreak against Uzzah; and he called the name of the place Perez Uzzah to this day. 9 David was afraid of the Lord that day; and he said, “How can the ark of the Lord come to me?” 10 So David would not move the ark of the Lord with him into the City of David; but David took it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. 11 The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite three months. And the Lord blessed Obed-Edom and all his household.

2 Samuel 6:1-11

This preamble to the story I wish to share today shows us a few powerful truths:

  • God’s presence is awesome and even fearful.
  • God’s presence must be approached in a way that is obedient to God and honoring of Him
  • God’s presence is always a powerful blessing when handled properly

12 Now it was told King David, saying, “The Lord has blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.” So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with gladness.

2 Samuel 6:12
  • David saw the way God blessed Obed-Edom as he housed the ark of the covenant, and it gave Him the courage to try again to bring the ark (the presence of God) to the City of David.
  • When you live in such a way that the presence of God dwells in your house, in your life, others can see the joy and the blessing and want Him in their life as well!

13 And so it was, when those bearing the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, that he sacrificed oxen and fatted sheep. 14 Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing 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.

2 Samuel 6:13-15
  • Sacrifices every six paces
  • Praise to God should be a regular part of one’s walk
  • What place does praise play in your life?

16 Now 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 whirling before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart. 17 So they brought the ark of the Lord, and set it in its place in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it. Then David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord.

2 Samuel 6:16-17
  • The detractors and critics will find a reason to call us “emotional” and say that we are “out there” when it comes to our worship style. They may even despise our outward praise and abandon.
  • However, it is time for us to leap and whirl before the Lord. It is time to dance and sing and shout and praise with everything that is within us!!!

18 And when David had finished offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts. 19 Then he distributed among all the people, among the whole multitude of Israel, both the women and the men, to everyone a loaf of bread, a piece of meat, and a cake of raisins. So all the people departed, everyone to his house.

2 Samuel 6:18-19
  • Praise takes many forms.
  • Burnt offerings were the offerings offered completely to God that were not eaten by anyone.
  • Peace offerings were offered voluntarily, and at the discretion of the individual. Much of it was returned to the offerer.
  • In the process of these offerings, David not only offered sacrifices to God, but also offered gifts to others. Praise involves gifts to God and to others as part of the overall life of praise and worship.

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 today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of the maids of his servants, as one of the base fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!”

2 Samuel 6:20
  • Worship should lead one to also bless his household.
  • However, in this case, the bigger issue is the disdain of Michal for David’s exuberant praise.
  • She criticized his abandon with which he praised God in His presence. She speaks of his shamelessness.

21 So David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel. Therefore I will play music before the Lord. 22 And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight. But as for the maidservants of whom you have spoken, by them I will be held in honor.”
23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.

2 Samuel 6:21-23
  • In response, David reminded her that the Lord had chosen him instead of Saul to rule over the people of the Lord. The old, stuffy, self-absorbed regime was being replaced by a generation of praisers, a generation of people who would play music, and praise in a manner that could be considered undignified. Michal represented a generation that became to dignified to praise, too proper to praise, too entrenched in their traditions to praise.
  • However, that false dignity led to a barrenness that ended her family’s lineage. Do not allow yourself to fight praise or deny the Lord the glory due His name. It could end you line and prevent fruitfulness in your life and your ministry. Don’t be barren because you are too dignified to leap and whirl. Don’t refuse to play music or humble yourself before God. Declare that you will be more undignified, and praise Him with all that is within you!

Takeaway Thoughts

  • God’s presence is fearful, but offers tremendous blessing when handled properly.
  • Obedience, praise, and giving in the presence of the Lord are powerful.
  • Praise with abandon! Praise until your dignity subsides and humility descends upon you. Praise until you are undignified!

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