12 Now King David was told, “The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of the ark of God.” So David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing.13 When those who were carrying the ark of the Lord had taken six steps, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf. 14 Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, 15 while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.
16 As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart.
17 They brought the ark of the Lord and set it in its place inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and David sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before the Lord. 18 After he had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord Almighty. 19 Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins to each person in the whole crowd of Israelites, both men and women. And all the people went to their homes.
20 When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”
21 David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord. 22 I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honour.”
23 And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.
This is one of the stories that David is most famous for, extravagantly worshipping God in such a way that he does not care what anybody else thinks of him. I sometimes think that we are so far on the other end of this scale. We are so busy wondering what the “Michal’s” of this world would think of us that we don’t allow ourselves to fully worship God. We are able to fully worship our rugby team, our work or our children because these things are somehow acceptable… but worshipping God with true abandon is seen as uncool or unholy. However, if we look at this phrase; to be humiliated in his own eyes comes from the same root as the word humble… To be able to worship God with true abandon is to be truly humble, to not put your pride in the way of worshipping God. Wow I feel challenged but liberated by that at the same time. Have a great freedom day weekend.