Tuesday, February 15, 2011

1 Chronicles 15


Berry Girl said...

what I think I love about this is that even though David did it horribly wrong the first time, he took pause and then did it right the next time.
I think it's the persisting until you get it right that strikes me, and also that God gives us that chance to do it right, or to correct our mistakes.

I'm always struck by this last sentence - "and she despised him in her heart". Lack of respect for our husbands is like poison.

Prairie Chick said...

this chapter really helped me with my questions from last week. I just felt kind of down, they were so excited to worship, and then BOOM it all went bad, but it shows again how we can't decide to do things the way that seems okay in our own eyes, we need to look to God and conform ourselves to HIS truth and ways if we desire His blessing.

It reminds me of a church we used to be at, where we were very uncomfortable because the new pastor they got made comments about how church today didn't need to look anything like what it looked like in scripture, because that was another time and another people and in essence when we read the NT we were reading "someone else's mail" he called it. There was this attitude like "that was good for them, but something else can be good for us" and we were just weirded out by that. If Jesus discipled people to build His church a certain way, why on earth would we think we could just "go our own way" and have His blessing?

I could use some prayer today. Shailey is going through major hormone swings that are really wearing on both of us. I guess she has a lot of pent up emotions and no way to release them and so what happens is she can't sleep at night and gets all worked up because she can't fall asleep and then cries and cries and cries and wanders around the house from here to there wringing her hands (figuratively speaking of course) and having a breakdown. Last night it was until 2:30 in the morning. So then of course, I get worked up and I couldn't fall asleep till 3:30! I am going to try to get my hands on some Melatonin and see if that helps, but prayer can't hurt either, it's going to be a long and exhausting day.

Joan said...

vs. 29 "When she saw King David skipping about and laughing with joy, she was filled with contempt for him".
LAB brought up a point I hadn't thought of about this verse. David was willing to look foolish in the eyes of some people in order to express his thankfulness to God fully and honestly. In contrast, Michal was so disgusted by his undignified actions that she could not rejoice in the Ark's return to Jerusalem. Worship had so deteriorated under the reign of her father, Saul, that it had become stilted and ritualistic. Michal could accept David as a military conqueror and as a king, but she could not accept his free and spontaneous expression of praise to God. Some devoted people may look foolish to us in their heartfelt expressions of worship, but we must accept them. In the same way, we should not be afraid to worship God with whatever expressions seem appropriate.
(Now does this apply to Mennonites?)

Prairie Chick said...

>>does this apply to Mennonites?<<

LOL! That was really great, so true. I hate being self conscious in worship, or feeling like people are staring at you and uncomfortable with your inhibitions. Guess that's why I sit in the back :P