Recap of Part 39: We left off with Nabal, David’s servant, not giving David the respect he deserved and almost paying the ultimate price for it. “And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me: And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand. For in very deed, as the Lord God of Israel liveth, which hath kept me back from hurting thee, except thou hadst hasted and come to meet me, surely there had not been left unto Nabal by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall” (1 Samuel 25:32-34).
Part 40 After a few hiccups, David was anointed king of Judah. He did not rule over all of Israel for several years and until he accomplished many tasks. But, eventually he was made king over all of Israel. “in time past, when Saul was king over us, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the Lord said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain over Israel. So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a league with them in Hebron before the Lord: and they anointed David king over Israel. David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah” (2 Samuel 5:2-5).
“And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the Lord of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims” (2 Samuel 6:2). “And David and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals” (v. 5). “And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet” (vs. 14-15).
“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 to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself! 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. Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death” (vs. 20-23).
Many people in denominationalism see that king David had instrumental music and justify their own actions based on these scriptures. Is this ok? Can we bend the word of the Lord to seek our own will? Or do we read it as is and accept God’s will? King David did have instrumental music during his day and worshiped God in a manner that proved his loyalty to God. David said to Michal, “I play before the Lord. And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight”. He understood that his own actions were vile. His actions were to lower himself or to be humble before the Lord. And he raised up the Lord, making him head of all. Can we say the same for denominationalism? More importantly, a better question to consider, what does David have to do with today’s Church? They, denominationalism, use these verses to justify their rock star musicals in their buildings and the proverbial “fog machines”. But, what does this have to do with worship in God’s Church? Christ said: “Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he” (Matthew 11:11). Doesn’t this mean John is above David? Also, the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. David was never a part of the kingdom. We should not follow David’s example of worship because Christ has called us to a higher ground. What did David know?