Today In The Word Daily Devotional

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 20th March 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 20th March 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 20th March 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 20th March 2022

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Today In The Word Daily Devotional 20 March 2022 Written By Kelli Worrall (Moody Bible Institute)

TOPIC: MICHAL: WORSHIP WITH ABANDON

SCRIPTURE: 2 Samuel 6:16–23

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

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 every one a loaf of bread, a piece of meat, and a cake of raisins. So all the people departed, everyone to his house.

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 20th March 2022

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 [a]shamelessly uncovers himself!”

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 Lord22 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.

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MESSAGE

It was a time for great joy and celebration! The ark of the covenant, the most important piece of tabernacle furniture, was coming home. In Exodus 25, God instructed Moses to build the gold-covered chest, which contained the tablets of the Law. The Israelites carried it throughout the wilderness and around the city of Jericho.

In 1 Samuel 4, the ark was captured by the Philistines, an event so tragic that Eli the Priest fell to his death upon hearing the news. In today’s passage we see David’s restoration of Jerusalem into Israel’s political center. He had driven back the Philistines and reunified the tribes of Israel around their capital.

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David had also reclaimed the ark and brought it back to Jerusalem. Even though its journey was difficult— with Uzzah’s death (6:1–7)—the ark’s presence represented a powerful sign of God’s holiness, power, and presence. With the ark’s arrival, the city regained not only political importance but also religious significance.

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 20th March 2022

David did not even try to hide his joy as the ark entered the city. He led the parade, dancing and jumping through the streets. When Michal saw this, “she despised him” (v. 16). Then David hosted a party, including offerings, blessings, bread, and cake. When David returned home to “bless his household,” we see a bitter Michal (v. 20). She is introduced in this scene as “daughter of Saul” (v. 16), and in her cutting demeanor, she reflects her father’s disposition. She criticized David’s behavior as unbefitting a king.

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David defended his dancing as being for the Lord. The closing sentence implies that Michal’s childlessness was a punishment for her behavior. Saul’s house would have no ongoing role in the kingship of Israel.

>> How often do we let our hearts spill over with joy at what God has done for us? We frequently make following God a very serious business, and that is not wrong, but we can also celebrate Him as David did. What wonderful things God has done!

PRAY WITH US

Give us worshipful spirits like David, who cried, “I will celebrate the LORD. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes” (2 Sam. 6:21–22). You are worthy of joyful abandon!

Kelli Worrall is Professor of Communications and Chair of the Division of Music and Media Arts at Moody Bible Institute. She is the author of several books, including Pierced and Embraced: 7 Life-Changing Encounters with the Love of Christ. Kelli studied at Cedarville University (BA), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (MRE), and Roosevelt University (MFA).  She enjoys speaking both individually and with Peter at events and retreats. They live in northwest Illinois with their two children.

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