“David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.” (2 Sam 6:21, 22)
Tonight’ prayer meeting was very good. It was raining outside. It is always a challenge to come to church when the weather is not friendly. I prayed that the ones who are willing to come should be blessed in an unusual way. God answered my prayer. We started praying and thanking God for our lives, health and freedom. Then we began praising God calling His wonderful names aloud. The adults and the children, the rich and the poor, everybody had an opportunity to ‘taste and see that the Lord is good’ (Ps 34:8).
Then there was a prophetic word: ‘if you want the Holy Spirit to freely move in your midst tonight, then you should praise God with songs and dancing like King David did long ago’ (2 Samuel 6:20-23). This is the story: When David brought the ark of God to Zion, he danced on the streets like ‘a mad man’. For the sake of God he killed his pride. He ‘disgraced’ himself and danced with all his heart. This dance was a form of worship, a sacrifice to God. Everybody who loved the presence of God followed David and danced unto God. No one cared about reputation, social position and titles or about what men may say.
But Michal, David’s wife, was not in the crowd. She was up, at the balcony judging David. She complained that David danced ‘half naked’ like a mad man and that the young women laughed at him. David was surprised at this evil comment coming from his own household. He explained that he danced unto the Lord and not unto the men and women. It was ‘a worship dance’ and not ‘a romantic dance’. David also said that for God, he will disgrace himself even more in the future. Because of this negative attitude towards the Holy Spirit, towards the King and God’s praise, Michal remained barren all her life. This evening we took this warning as serious as we could. Nobody wanted to be proud and complaining. We too ‘disgraced’ our flesh and freely danced without shoes this evening. The Holy Spirit honored His Word and our child-like faith and came down mightily. No one wanted to be a passive wicked spectator like Michal. God forbid! In Father’s House, none is too old, too rich, too educated or too great before the King of kings! The anointing was so strong that all yokes were broken! The bondages of depression, doubt, bareness, sickness, empty religion, fear and sadness were broken. We were filled afresh with the Holy Spirit. We received peace and joy unto overflow!!!
These words are not just poetic or symbolic. This evening we literarily drank from the water of life unto the satisfaction of our souls. According to His Word God fulfilled His promise: “I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” (Jer 21:35). I had prepared a sermon but I could not preach it for, as a drop in the ocean of grace, everybody was ‘lost’ in His presence and none could listen to a mere mortal talking. All eyes were on Jesus! What a way to ‘spend’ an evening! Glory to God!