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When Others Don’t Share Your Joy

October 7, 2018

As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, 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. 2 Samuel 6:16

David is full of joy in God. The people have been blessed, and now he wants to bring that joy and blessing to his own family (2 Sam. 6:20). But when he gets home, the person he loves—Michal, his wife—is as cold as ice.

Many of you know what this is like. You have been blessed, touched, helped, and encouraged in the presence of God. You long that the people you love could share in this blessing. But you have a son, a daughter, a husband, a wife, a father or a mother who is offended by God, and that makes them angry with you. Will you stay faithful to God?

There is a great sadness about Michal here. Michal loved “David the champion,” who defeated Goliath and routed his enemies. But she despised “David the believer,” who danced for joy in the presence of God.

What is David going to do about that? He stays faithful in the service of God: “I will make merry before the Lord” (6:21). He says, “You may despise me for this, but however contemptible I become in your eyes, I will worship the Lord, I will seek his presence, I will live to serve him, and in him I will find great joy.”

Ask God to help you remain faithful and joyful in his service today, even when others may not share your joy.

The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

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