When the children of Israel still traveled through the wilderness, God commanded Moses to build an ark. This ark was not like the huge ark Noah built, but this was a smaller ark built to carry specific things, manna, Aaron’s rod which had budded, and the two tablets listing the Ten Commandments. The presence of the ark was a reminder of God’s presence with the people and whom He was in the people’s lives. More specifically, the ark symbolized God’s agreement with the children of Israel. Thus, it was called the ark of the covenant and the ark of God.
Hundreds of years later, the ark of the covenant resided in the home of Obed-edom. Because the ark was in his home, God blessed his household greatly. King David was made aware of how God had blessed the household of Obed-edom and decided it was time to move the ark to the city. As they moved the ark into the city, King David vigorously praised God through dance. All around him people praised God with shouts and horn instruments. They knew God’s presence was with them. But when they came into the city, King David’s wife, Michal, looked out the window and saw him jumping and praising God. When she saw King David’s display of praise and how his clothing appeared, she despised him in her heart.
After King David put the ark in place and finished his blessings, he returned home to bless his household. When he arrived, Michal approached him and told him how he had dishonored himself before the people. She called his behavior vulgar and shameful, fitting of a servant because he uncovered during his praise and the female servants saw him. King David responded that God had chosen him to be king above her father and her father’s household, to be the ruler of the children of Israel, and he would continue to praise God, even more vigorously. Thus, Michal would have more contempt, but he would be honored by the female servants for his praise. Because of how Michal felt and what she said, God shut up her womb, and she could not have children, an element of shame for women of that time.
Source: Exodus 25:10-22; 2 Samuel 6; Hebrew 9:4
- What are some things you have seen people do when they praise God vigorously?
- Often, we see people praise God more vigorously when the Holy Spirit is present, but some people feel ashamed or embarrassed. Why do you think they feel this way?
- Michal thought King David looked foolish because of the way he praised God. She felt like King David should have felt embarrassed and ashamed, but in your words, define what feeling embarrassed and ashamed really means and give an example.
- Should we feel ashamed and embarrassed to praise God? Why or why not?
- How do you think God reacts when people try to hide their praise?
- Like Michal, sometimes, other people will try to stop you from trying to praise God. How do you think it makes people feel when others do this, and what should they do in response?
- Where does praise for God start? How do you think people can become more comfortable praising God?
- Because of Michal’s attempts to stop King David’s praise, God did not bless her to have children. What is your reaction to this? Do you think God still punishes people because they interfere with others’ praise to Him?
- What are some things people praise God for in their life? Give an example.
- Right now, what is one thing you want to praise God for in your life, and how do you want to show your praise?
What does the Bible say about praising God and shame?
- Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Psalm 150 ESV
- But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4:23-24
- So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 10:32-33 ESV
- For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. Luke 9:26 ESV
- When God is in your house, He will bless the house!
- Your praise reveals God’s presence in your life.
- No one can ever block your praise. Praise on!
Father God, we thank you, we honor you, and we give you praise. You have done so much for us that we could not give you all the praise you deserve, but we thank you for this moment to acknowledge you for whom You are in our lives. Father God, as we move forward in life, help us yield a more vigorous praise like David. We ask this in your son Jesus’s name. Amen.
Tonight, ask God to fill you with His spirit, so you can express a more vigorous praise to Him.
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