Sharon Wilharm Bible Storyteller

Michal Mocks David

After many years of being held captive by the Philistines, the Ark of the Covenant, which was stolen from Eli’s sons, was finally restored to Israel. David could hardly contain his excitement. As the ark was brought into the city, David and all the House of Israel worshiped the Lord, dancing and singing in the streets. 

Michal looked down from her perch in the palace and saw the festivities. There was her husband in the middle of the crowd, the king of the land, stripped of his royal garb, leaping and whirling before the Lord, acting like a common man rather than dignified royalty. And the Bible tells us that as she watched him, she despised him in her heart. 

After David worshipped, sent up burnt offerings and peace offerings, and blessed the people in the name of the Lord, he returned to bless his household. 

Michal was waiting for him. She confronted him, mocking his behavior, telling him he’d made a complete fool of himself.

He responded by saying he was far more concerned with what God thought of him than what she thought of him. He assured her he would be even more undignified and humble in the future.. 

Chapter 6 of 2 Samuel concludes with, “Therefore, Michal the daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death. 

Michal had the makings of a fairy tale life, daughter of a king, married to a king, but she missed out on the glories of The King of Kings. She got caught up in the superficial and never realized the substantial. She died never truly knowing David, never understanding the secret to his greatness.

Read about Michal in Scripture: 2 Samuel 6

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