What was it that came between them? By all appearances, at one point, they were madly in love. She once risked treason to save his life; he had once killed 200 Philistines to win her hand in marriage. Yet, the time came when Scripture would record these words, “Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and celebrating; and she despised him in her heart” (1 Chron 15:29).
The writer could have chosen any word to describe her reaction to David, but he couldn’t have chosen a stronger one. The word means to hold with contempt and distain. You can almost feel the hatred dripping from it. But why? What was it about David that generated such animosity within her?
Yes, the honeymoon had ended; and yes, David had foolishly had several additional honeymoons with other wives. However, that was not what seemed to lead to this moment. Instead, it came on the heels of David celebrating the return of the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. In fact, the verse prior indicates that all of Israel was celebrating this event – yet, Michal did not join. In fact, it appears she sat in her room and only critically looked out the window.
Another account of the same event, tells us that she was disgusted because David had removed his royal robe, and leaped for joy among the common people. David made no apology, but reminded her that it was before the Lord that he celebrated, not before men (2 Sam 6:20-21).
Folks, I can’t say with absolute certainty, but it appears to me that David was despised for simply finding joy in his relationship with God. Let’s be careful not to harbor resentment in our hearts toward others who find reasons to rejoice in God – and by all means, don’t allow others to rob you of the joy you find in Him either! –Dave
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