Scripture: 1 Chronicles 15:25 So David and the elders of Israel, and the commanders of the thousands, went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD from the house of Obed-edom with rejoicing… 28 So all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, to the sound of the horn, trumpets, and cymbals, and made loud music on harps and lyres. 29 As the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the city of David, Michal daughter of Saul looked out of the window, and saw King David leaping and dancing; and she despised him in her heart.
Observation: The first time David thought to bring the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem it didn’t go well. A non-Levite, Uzzah, touched the ark when it wobbled on its ox-drawn cart. He was killed instantly by God. David freaked out a bit and, instead of completing the journey to Jerusalem, left the ark a few miles outside of Jerusalem. He left it there for three months, but then changed his mind. In this passage David and the people complete the relocation of the ark to Jerusalem. Our passage describes a festive occasion with people dancing and praising the Lord. But then there’s verse 29 “Michal daughter of Saul (and David’s wife) looked out the window, and saw King David leaping and dancing; and she despised him in her heart.”
Application: “It’s always something!” That’s what the Saturday Night Live artist Gilda Radner used to say on the show years ago (see pic). Our passage for today is a good example. Just when things seemed to be coming up roses for David, a problem arose in his own household. That’s life isn’t it? Things are never quite perfect. There’s always a challenge or obstacle or issue to deal with.
One of the ministries of Rejoice (the church I serve as senior pastor) is our “life groups” which are small groups that meet in homes on different days/times and in various locations. One of the fundamental practices of life groups is the sharing of highs and lows. Each person in the group takes turns sharing one good thing that’s going on and one challenging thing. It’s always interesting to me to listen to people participate in highs and lows.
An important rule for highs and lows is the requirement that each person offer a high. Why the rule? Because it’s a common tendency for people to focus on what’s NOT going right – the lows. That’s not a judgment, but an observation from participating in hundreds of life group gatherings over the years. Being able to name what’s going RIGHT in one’s life is, in my opinion, an important spiritual discipline. It reflects a spirit of gratitude to the Lord, no matter what our outside circumstances may be.
If you were participating in “highs and lows” right now, what area of your life would tend to draw your attention first? Would it be the areas that are going right? Or going wrong? What is your high and low for today?
Prayer: Lord Jesus create in us a spirit of gratitude to embrace the many blessings we enjoy, even when life gets rough on the outside. Amen.