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Bible Pathway - May 16

Read 1 Chronicles 14


King Hiram’s kindness to David; Philistines defeated; Ark brought to Jerusalem; David’s psalm of thanksgiving

And it came to pass, as the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD came to the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looking out at a window saw king David dancing and playing: and she despised him in her heart (1 Chr. 15:29).

There was a great celebration going on as the Ark of the Covenant was being brought up. Most of the people had come out for this tremendous occasion. There were musicians playing and much shouting in praise to the Lord for all He had done.

David was especially overjoyed at this event. Even though he was king, he would not allow ceremonial practices to hinder his praise to God. He danced and played upon an instrument in worship to the Lord.

Michal, who was also David's wife, saw all this from a window. It may have been because of the death of her father and brothers. It could have been because David now sat on her father's throne. Maybe, it was her perception of David's lack of dignity. For whatever reason, Michal did not have the same feelings as all the others there. The verse even records she despised David for his part in it all.

Have you ever found yourself in a situation such as this one? Maybe, it was in a church service or a revival meeting. The Holy Spirit was moving, touching lives and changing hearts. You might have been in a hospital and the news came that the one that was on their deathbed had made a full recovery. It could be at home during your quiet time and the Lord was speaking to you through His Word. All these have one thing in common and that is blessings from God. Praise ye the LORD, Praise the LORD, O my soul. While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being (Ps. 146:1-2).

Regardless of the situation, the way the Lord was blessing was heavy upon you. It might have brought tears, laughter or even a shout. It could have even affected you as it did David. No matter the response, it was a response of praise and thankfulness for how the Lord was moving. And when He was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen (Luke 19:37).

There may be those that don't understand what is happening. There may be others that do understand and still criticize the response. Some will do this just to be negative. You are the one the Lord blessed. So, it is possible there are those with legitimate questions. We should do our best to explain what God has done in our lives. It is an excellent witnessing opportunity and we don't want to cause others confusion or to falter.

But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak (1 Cor. 8:9).

Thought for Today:

Through David's fame and exaltation (1 Chr. 14:17). God highly exalted Christ, our Redeemer, and gave Him a Name which is above every name (Phil. 2:9-11).

Christ Revealed:

By David, the anointed king (1 Chr. 11:3). Christ is the Anointed One who will soon reign forever as KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS (Rev. 19:16).

Word Studies:

14:13 spread themselves abroad, made a raid, invaded.

Prayer Suggestion: Pray in faith that God will bless your family (Gen. 17:18-20).

Optional Reading: 1 Corinthians 3

Memory Verse for the Week: Psalms 119:29

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