2 Samuel 6 – Dance Until Your Clothes Fall Off

This is a great chapter in David’s story.

First, they’re returning the Ark to Jerusalem – just as it should be, right?

Then, the wheel on the cart falls off and the men innocently try and catch the ark and stop it from falling on the ground. Oops – not supposed to touch the ark – and they’re killed. God’s mad.

So, David thinks – it’s too risky to bring the Ark into Jerusalem! So, he leaves it at Obed-Edum’s pad for 3 months. During that time, Mr. Edum gets blessed along with his entire household as a result of the Ark being there.

So, now David thinks – perhaps I SHOULD bring it back home. And he does.

If they’d only have listened to God in the first place, none of this would have had to happen.

Now – my favorite story in this chapter is about David’s wife Michal. She saw him dancing around, praising God like he just didn’t care. She looked out the window and saw everyone gawking at him, making a fool of himself (in her mind). But, David was dancing before God “with all his might” and didn’t care what anyone thought.

When he got back home, she told him what a fool she thought he was – and she was cursed at that instant and never was able to have children.

I love David’s response to Michal:

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 honor.”

I guess this chapter is all about motives. What was David’s motive for bringing the Ark back to Jerusalem? Did he think it was best because he wanted to please God? Or, did he just bring it there so he and his household could be blessed like Mr. Edum?

When Michal commented as she did at David, was she thinking about how much David loved God and was trying to please God? Or, was she more concerned with what others thought about her husband?

The encouragement here for me is to keep my eyes on pleasing God – and not worry about what anyone else is thinking. Are you willing to be “even more undiginfied” and humiliated to honor and praise God?

peace,
e

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  1. #1 by ringman nzimakhwe on July 13, 2013 - 5:17 am

    I’ve been searching for this story of david dancing till his clothes fell off I’ve always heard of it often when ministers would quote it but none have ever I heard saying where it is found, I’m one of those who like to confirm before I even tell adas about it.

  2. #2 by valerie on November 29, 2014 - 8:14 pm

    this was give to me speak , it one of the great thing that David did he believe god and had faith.

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