Thankful heart – Part 2
David understood he was an object of the sovereignty of God and His mercy. He knew there were many in Israel that qualified and were godly in his time yet, God chose Him. This understanding of God’s supremacy made David to always bow in worship to God and to His Lordship. It was not just a religious thing for him, it was born out of revelation and understanding. His heart was always worshipping God, even though he was a king. There will be no reason for God to love David the way He did, but for his heart of thanksgiving. Little wonder God called him a man after His own heart.
A proud man cannot thank God or offer sacrifice of thanksgiving to Him. You cannot understand this mystery and be proud, as thanksgiving proceeds out of a humble and contrite to heart. That is one of the reasons Michal missed God.
David returned to bless his house after a service of thanksgiving, because he knows thanksgiving is a mystery that unlocks heavens and closed doors. He knew Michal was home, was ready to bless her because he knows her womb must respond; but she missed it. She despised a man coming from the presence of Jehovah with her answer.
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, who uncovered himself today in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!’ 2 Samuel 6:20
She did not know or understand the mystery of thanksgiving; she could not comprehend it. Why should a king dressed in royalty worship and dance shamelessly like this? A king should be dignified not ‘shamefully’ displaying himself in the presence of the people in the name of thanksgiving or dancing before God.
And David said unto Michal, ‘It was before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD.
And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour.’ 2 Samuel 6: 21-22
But David knew she got it all mixed up and he responded, ‘What dignity do I have before the one who holds honour and dignity in his hands and gives it to whoever He wills? What honour do I have before the one who honours men and also withdraw the same bringing them down in shame before those he is held in honour? I will yet bring myself down in dishonor; I will strip myself of all my glory and honour before the one who put me in honour before men; the God that brought your father down and lifted me.’ That response on its own is an oblation poured on the altar of praise to God. May God give us understanding.
We complain and murmur because we don’t know God. Our mind cannot understand His sovereignty and Lordship. If we do not know who He is, our eyes will only be on what He can do, what He has done and not who He is. If indeed He is your Lord, your heart will always bow to Him in worship and not when you are told to do so because it has become a lifestyle.
We are created to offer Him thanksgiving, not occasionally or in church, but as what we are created for. Our life, family, business and job must offer Him praise. That must be our language. This is one mystery that produces favour, glory, grace, mercy and provokes answer. You can’t beat this mystery. It is a key that
unlocks doors and pours favour upon a man.
It is a mystery that unlocks the heaven!
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