8 July 2016

2 Samuel 6:12-19

"As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal daughter of Saul looked out of the window, and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord" (v. 16)

Psalm: Psalm 117


It was a time of great celebration. The Ark of the Covenant (for a physical description see Exodus 25:10-22), which contained the two stone tablets of the Ten Commandments was being brought to Jerusalem. The noise and festivities were huge (2 Samuel 6:5), greater even than the open-top bus procession of the successful Wales football team. You would probably have heard it across the city.

The procession was in two parts and today's passage is an account of the second half. A bull and a fattened calf were sacrificed. And King David danced with utter abandonment (verse 14). But not without fault, according to the reaction of Michal, the daughter of the previous king. Verses 20-23 recount the conversation between David and Michal: Michal saw the king's public display as unworthy and undignified, whereas David viewed it as celebration before the Lord, and a matter just between him and God (2 Samuel 6:21).

Notice how the celebration spreads out, and gifts are handed out - "a loaf of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins" to "the whole multitude of Israel". It sounds almost like an Old Testament party bag.

To Ponder

  • In your faith, what makes you celebrate? And how do you celebrate?
  • How do you express your worship and praise physically? How do you feel when others do so? Why?
  • If you had to make a celebration goody bag from your local church, what would you put into it? 

Bible notes author

Ken Kingston

Ken Kingston preaches in the High Wycombe Circuit. He has worked for the Connexional Team since 1992 in a variety of roles and has been involved in 'Called by Name' and 'Time to Talk of God' amongst others.