II SAMUEL 6:23:  “And Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death.” (ESV)

OBSERVATION:  Is my life a fountain of grace or a dusty dried up spring?  In my life I have experienced both.  I have been like David, and I have been like Michal.  The difference between the two centers around my pride.

David loved the Lord more than anything else.  He was unashamed of his devotion and worship of Jehovah.  When they brought the Ark of the Lord to Jerusalem David took off his kingly robes and joined the Levites and the singers in his linen ephod in joyful dance and worship.  Verse 14 says – “And David danced before the Lord with all his might…”  David never gave the Lord anything but his full heart.  This is why David was called a man after God’s own heart.

Michal loved her position more than anything else.  When she saw her husband, the King, dancing with the Levites, without his kingly attire, she was mortified..  Verse 16 says – “…Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, and she despised him in her heart.”  This type of public display was beneath her.  How could her husband humiliate her in front of all who lived in Jerusalem?  For David, his humility called him to worship.  For Michal, her pride called her to anger and bitterness.

Pride is a tricky culprit.  We can wrap it up in many different costumes – but it is still pride.  We can justify it over and over again, but it still leads to destruction and a fall.  When Michal confronted David the result was – they both doubled down.  

David doubled down in his worship – “And David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me above your father and above all his house, to appoint me as prince over Israel, the people of the Lord —and I will celebrate before the Lord. I will make myself yet more contemptible than this, and I will be abased in your eyes. But by the female servants of whom you have spoken, by them I shall be held in honor.” (‭2 Samuel‬ ‭6‬:‭21-22‬ ESV)

Michal doubled down in her pride – “And David returned to bless his household. But Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, “How the king of Israel honored himself today, uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants’ female servants, as one of the vulgar fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!” (‭2 Samuel‬ ‭6‬:‭20‬ ESV)

The result – “And Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death.” (‭2 Samuel‬ ‭6‬:‭23‬ ESV)  One experienced continued fruitfulness and blessing – the other barrenness.  It is a sobering comparison.

Lord, I willingly come before You this morning and humble my heart.  I want to lay down my pride at the foot of the Cross.  I want to rise up in boldness, filled with Your Holy Spirit, to give glory to Your Name without fear, and without concern for how I will be perceived.  Let me, like David, double down in my worship and be lost in the wonder of Your Glory and Grace!  In Jesus Name!

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Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy-to-follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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