Christian Devotions

Values

Focus Verses: 2 Samuel 6:20-23

Michael was incensed that David had danced before th Ark on its trip to Jerusalem. She considered such behavior beneath his dignity. When she rebuked him, David defended himself saying that he would continue to celebrate before the Lord. He reminded Michael that God has chosen him to succeed her father as king of Israel.

Michael harbored the sin of pride. She was concerned that David had weakened his position as king of Israel by celebrating like a common man. Her snobbery would have David “celebrating” with more dignity than dancing in the street before the Ark.

David, for his part, told her that he would celebrate in whatever manner the Lord told him. He was not ashamed of the Lord nor of his celebratory dancing before the Ark.

David’s focus was on the Lord, the things God had done for Israel, and for him. Michael’s focus was on the ever-present “what will people think.”

We tend to be “people-pleasers” not “God-pleasers.” How it looks to the world gets to be very important to us. David’s only thought was to please God. That needs to be our focus as well. If we have God’s approval, who else’s approval matters?

Father, God,

Help us to shape our values with eternity in mind. Draw us closer to You so that we may be called, like David, people after Your own heart. Keep us from looking to other people for approval and grant that we may be heavenly minded in our celebration of who You are.

In Jesus’ most precious name.
Amen.
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