"How glorious was the king of Israel today, who stripped himself of his kingly robes and uncovered himself in the eyes of his servants' maids as one of the worthless fellows shamelessly uncovers himself."
II Samuel 6: 20, Amplified Bible
"A Sarcastic Sneer and Scornful Ridicule" Part II
"It is easier for some to stand before a bullet than before a laugh."
Has someone ever ridiculed me for something I did?
How did it make me feel?
"Love can bear anything better than ridicule."
"Blessed, happy, fortunate, prosperous and enviable is the man (or woman) who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly following their advice, their plans and purposes, nor stands submissive and inactive in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down to relax and rest where the scornful and the mockers gather."
Psalm 1: 1, Amplified Bible
Psalm 1 was my dad's favorite Psalm. I can still, in my mind, hear his gentle, tenor voice reading this Psalm at family worship.
While as a youngster, I didn't really get the meaning of this Psalm, as time has passed by, and I've experienced more of the good and bad of life, I find this Psalm to be filled with jewels of wisdom beginning in Psalm 1: 1 where we are encouraged to settle ourselves among those who are blessed by God. We do this when we don't rely on the counsel of the ungodly. But there's more! It isn't just the godless we are told to avoid for their counsel and advice is not to be followed, we are also instructed not to stand in the pathway of sinners or to sit down with those who are scornful and mocking.
In this one verse we are told not to take advice from the ungodly; not to walk on the sinner's path; and not to take our leisure time and spend it with those who are scornful of others. This means there is no wisdom in relaxing with people who have their noses in the air, contemptuously looking down on others and treating them as though they are unworthy, for this is what the word scornful means.
The fact is, Michal's words to David reflected what was in her heart. She felt David was unworthy. It was her family lineage where the kings of Israel were to come from - not David's. Quite frankly, her mockery was pointed directly at informing David how undeserving he was to be king. When she scornfully informed David that he'd made a fool of himself in front of those whom, she noted, were lesser in social stature than David, what she was saying was that David's actions were not befitting royalty. David was above the people. The way he was acting showed he obviously was not suited for the position of king.
What Michal forgot was that the position of the King of Israel, for which David was anointed, was assigned by God, not by a human hand. And when God does the choosing - He takes care of the empowering!
All too often we forget the wisdom in Psalm 1: 1. We seek ungodly counsel in order to get ahead. We walk with sinners to make ourselves look as though we fit in. And then we relax with the scornful, whose only task it seems, is to look down on others who don't measure up financially, socially and even spiritually.
It's interesting that when Jesus came to earth, his choice of servant leaders came from what some called the "common" folk -- the working class. The elite didn't think they needed anything. Their money and learning could take care of them - thank you!
Don't get me wrong, education and wealth do not exclude me from service to my Father, but they aren't necessary credentials, either.
Unfortunately, we often act a lot like Michal with our noses in the air. We put on airs and think we're better than others. Christians especially can sometimes act so high and mighty they trip right over the stumbling blocks in the road. All you have to do is listen to the news to know that we as Christians shouldn't be crowing about our lineage for when we do, we end up falling flat and doing great harm to the name of Christ.
The scornful Michal felt David was an undeserving character, unfit to be king. So on a day when blessings should have been pouring forth and great rejoicing should have filled everyone's hearts, there was scornful ridicule pouring from Michal's mouth. Let's never make the same mistake. As Blaise Pascal so eloquently wrote, "Cold words freeze people and hot words scorch them, and bitter words make them bitter, and wrathful. Kind words also produce their image on men's souls and a beautiful image it is. They smooth, and quiet, and comfort the hearer." This is a thought I never want to forget!
"Kindness is always fashionable."
Amelia E. Barr
"Lord, show us where there is loneliness,
…that we may (make) friendship.
Show us where individuals are not seen as persons,
…that we may acknowledge their identity.
Show us where there is alienation,
…that we may (make) reconciliation."
Women of Jamaica
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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