January 8th - Uninhibited
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 shamelessly uncovers himself!" 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 Lord. 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." 2 Sam 6:20-22 (NKJV)
Are you inhibited by what other people might think? Let me emphatically state that in my case that is the case. I often falter in the face of what other people might think. We live in the midst of a culture that is actively engaged in pressuring people to conform to established norms. It might surprise you to know that often the same kind of pressure is present in church circles. In the church, we want people to be spiritually expressive in their worship, but only within the established norms that we are comfortable with. How would we react to a "maniac" throwing off clothes and dancing down the aisle during a worship service?
When the Ark of the Covenant was being returned to King David's hometown, he, in a moment of great passion, threw his inhibitions aside and danced before the Ark. It was quite a spectacle as David cast off his clothes and danced with reckless abandon. As the parade came to an end, David was met by the disapproval of his wife, Michal. Her words dripped with sarcasm: "How glorious was the king of Israel today..." LESSON NUMBER ONE: If you step out in uninhibited faith--you will face criticism from some. David responded to his wife's critique: "I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight."
LESSON NUMBER TWO: When you step out and lead, realize that it may only be the first step of doing more of the same. You may be even more undignified--and mortify your critics. However, there are two benefits that overshadow all else: The fruit of humility is given a great opportunity to grow in our lives. Secondly, God is glorified through our acts of obedience and passion. We need to continually weigh the question: Are we trying to please man or God? Let me try to answer the question in all honesty--too often I try to please man. There it is...the truth of me. This is not the place where I want to pitch my tent. This is not the mindset that I want controlling my actions. I have a desire to be God's man through and through. You probably already know what that means: I will have to live my life to please God, and that will require uninhibited behavior...so help me God.
Author's Note: I am embarrassed by the impact that other people's opinion of me has on me. I have spent a lot of my life concerned and sometimes even paralyzed by other people's perceptions. I am not prepared to now live in a way that purposely offends other people--however; with God's help I am going to throw off the restraints that have crippled my ability to live an uninhibited life for God. I guess this means I have the opportunity to join King David in the ranks of the undignified! RJD