When others are bothered by your praise

By: Lisa Wilmore

Scripture Reading: And David danced before the Lord with all his might;…So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet. And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart (2 Samuel 6:14a;15-16 KJV).

My Brothers and Sisters,

It is a blessing as well as a privilege to be able to openly praise and worship God without being guilty of disobedience to man’s law. Of course, there are places in our world which do not allow bibles or any type of praise or recognition of Jesus Christ. However, we are able to adore him without repercussions.

Therefore, this act of adoration toward God should not be taken lightly but appreciated with high regards.

The word praise is mentioned two hundred and forty eight times in the bible, according to Strong’s Concordance. The inspired writers recorded many individuals who praised God for his many acts of kindness and love toward them. Likewise, we must praise him for all that he has done for us.

Furthermore, in Psalm 150, the psalmist instructs us to “praise him with the tambourine and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs” (Psalm 150:4). It is mandatory that we praise him with our hearts and bodies. We must praise him when things are well and when things are not well.

In the above mentioned scriptures, David danced before the Lord as he brought the Ark back to Jerusalem, the city of David. He, along with the people of Israel, shouted and sounded the trumpet, fully worshipping God. However, David’s worship bothered his wife, Michal. As she gazed from her window and saw David dancing, “she despised him in her heart”.

She viewed his act of worship as conduct indecent for a king. David expressed disapproval and said to her that he would “be more vile” (undignified) in worshipping God. Because of Michal’s heart and verbal rejection of David’s praise, she was childless all of her life.

What is your reaction when people are bothered by the manner in which you praise God? Do you continue to praise him according to your heart? Or, do you become reserved with your praise?

My encouragement to you is to continue to express your adoration and appreciation toward God, even though others are bothered by your praise. In fact, be like David, commit to praising him even more.