Insights from II Samuel

“As the ark of the Lord was entering the city of David, Saul’s daughter Michal looked down from the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, and she despised him in her heart.” (6:16)

How did Michal come to despise the one she once loved? She didn’t see him dancing before the Lord with joy – she saw him exposing himself to the slave girls (verse 20). Maybe Saul’s hatred rubbed off on her. Maybe it was because David took her away from her second husband, perhaps not for love, but because she was his and to take back what Saul took from him. Maybe she was jealous of the slave girls or all the other wives he’d taken in the time they’d been apart. Maybe she was mad at Saul and took it out on David (Saul used her love for David as a trap to get him killed.) So then, love is lost as a result of lack of committed thoughts. Her thoughts weren’t committed to God or her husband, but to herself.

“The king answered Araunah, “No, I insist on buying it from you for a price, for I will not offer to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for 50 ounces of silver.” (24:24)

David would not offer anything to God that cost him nothing. He had to pay for what he gave to God. He had to sacrifice in order to sacrifice. He had to give up something of personal value so that it would have value to God.

God appreciates the sacrifices that cost us. So then, why don’t we take our pain over what we have lost and give it to God as a sacrifice? We might be more willing to go through if we gave it to God and knew He appreciated it.


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