Gravity freezes in motion when the God of all land and ocean lifts you high into the sky to breach the Heavens. Twirl upon the clouds for Him. Leap across the stars for Him. Dance and sing like butterflies with wings He made for flight into infinity. God delights when you dance for Him.
King David worshipped the Lord in dance. We find this in 2 Samuel 6.
“Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod.”
2 Samuel 6:14
David brings the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem, and he is so overjoyed at God’s presence being there, he dances in the middle of the street.
Dancing is a free expression of love to the Lord. It’s a spontaneous offering of your heart’s joy.
How you react to God’s presence in your midst signifies your love, your desire, your hunger, and your connection to God.
David dances for joy when God’s presence is near. But this attracts criticism from someone else.
“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 6:16
Michal despised David for loving God through dance. But David will not be stopped. He speaks truth.
“So David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel. Thus I will play music before the Lord. And I will be even more undignified than this.” 2 Samuel 6:21-22
Don’t let anyone tell you how to worship.
David, the man after God’s own heart, is bold in His love for God.
God loves your worship.
Worship and dance breathes life into your heart.
You need people in your life who love God and align with your spirit.
“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership can righteousness have with wickedness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:1
Live freely in your love for God.
Dance no matter who sees.
Love no matter how reckless.
Jesus is worthy of our love.
“Let them praise His name with dancing; let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre.” Psalm 143:9
God loves when you dance for Him.
In 2 Samuel 6, Michal despises David for dancing because she did not celebrate the Lord along with David. Michal is David’s wife, and yet, she has no relationship with God that would compel her to dance with him in worship. So instead of joining her husband to worship God together, she stands at the window with disdain.
Why would King David have a wife such as this? A woman who despises the Lord and him also?
Michal was David’s wife from Saul before he stepped into his king role. King Saul had promised David his daughter Merab, but Saul backs out on this promise and does not give Merab to David. Verse 19 says, “But it happened at the time when Merab, Saul’s daughter, should have been given to David, that she was given to Adriel the Meholathite as a wife.”
1 Samuel 18 goes on and King Saul decides to make another offer to David, allowing him to marry his younger daughter, Michal. Saul knew something about Michal which made him want to give her to David.
“Now Michal, Saul’s daughter, loved David. And they told Saul, and the thing pleased him. 21 So Saul said, “I will give her to him, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him.” Therefore Saul said to David a second time, “You shall be my son-in-law today.” 1 Samuel 18:20-21
Why would Saul call Michal a snare?
We see why in 2 Samuel 6. Michal despises Yahweh. Thus, Michal despises David because of His love for Yahweh.
When you allow a man or woman into your life who despises God, they become a snare to you. They are a pitfall. They are a hindrance. They are an enemy of your spirit. This is why God makes it clear not to marry someone who does not follow His Son Jesus Christ when you are a Christian. You have no equality of spirit and heart. Someone who despises the Lord cannot coexist with you.
After the incident where Michal dishonors King David for dancing in the street for God, we never see her again in his life. Soon, David finds another wife: Bathsheba. However, this triggers a series of unfortunate events considering she is already married to his warrior, Uriah. Still, Bathsheba is the only woman in the Bible whom David is said to have “loved.”
David did not love Michal.
But he did love Bathsheba.
David loved Bathsheba so much that they had a son named Solomon and he became the next king after David. King Solomon was said to have been the wisest King who ever lived.
“Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and he went to her and made love to her. She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The LORD loved him.” 2 Samuel 12:24
God loved David, even in this situation of infidelity and blesses David and Bathsheba with a son whom the Bible says “he loved.” This is speaking of Solomon, at birth, whom God loved and chose to become the next King and the one who would rebuild His temple in Jerusalem.
“The Lord said, ‘And I will live among the Israelites and will not abandon my people Israel.’ So Solomon built the temple and completed it.” 1 Kings 6:13-14
Bathsheba honored David as Israel’s king and nurtured Solomon as a spiritual voice in whom he could learn from. A man like Solomon, who was called the wisest king who ever lived could not have gained such wisdom without the help of his family’s nurturing. Even though God did not delight in the way David went about procuring Bathsheba for himself, their marriage creates a son who God needs to continue His reign and prophetic voice to the people.
King Solomon would go on to write many proverbs, lyrics, wisdom sayings, and songs unto the Lord that are canonized in the Bible today. One of his most popular books in Song of Solomon, which depicts the passionate love story between him and oen of his brides that gives a beautiful story of love God meant for His people to experience.
Did David and Bathsheba’s adulterous marriage story affect Solomon’s own wisdom and ability to create a successful marriage, life and kingdom?
It doesn’t seem so.
It is clear that Solomon learned a great deal about life and wisdom as a result of David and Bathsheba’s partnership.
David loved the Lord.
David needed a woman who also loved the Lord.
David found Bathsheba and they made Solomon. Solomon rejoiced in the Lord continually as a result of what he observed from his parents who both loved the Lord.
“Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the entire community of Israel, and he lifted his hands in prayer.Now Solomon had made a bronze platform 7 1⁄2 feet long, 7 1⁄2 feet wide, and 4 1⁄2 feet high and had placed it at the center of the Temple’s outer courtyard. He stood on the platform, and then he knelt in front of the entire community of Israel and lifted his hands toward heaven. 14 He prayed,“O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in all of heaven and earth. You keep your covenant and show unfailing love to all who walk before you in wholehearted devotion.15 You have kept your promise to your servant David, my father. You made that promise with your own mouth, and with your own hands you have fulfilled it today.” 2 Chronicles 6:12-15
King Solomon gives every credit and respect due to the Lord when the temple of God is built. He gives Him all the glory. This is a King who walked closely with God, just as David did and even surpassed David in wisdom. He led his people with integrity and care for them. He prays for them and shepherds them as a good king who loves his people. He prays for all the people in verse 40…
“O my God, may your eyes be open and your ears attentive to all the prayers made to you in this place.” 2 Chronicles 6:40
God loved Solomon and blessed everything He did. When Solomon dedicated the temple to the Lord, God showed up with His presence and lit the place on fire.
“When Solomon finished praying, fire flashed down from heaven and burned up the burnt offerings and sacrifices, and the glorious presence of the Lord filled the Temple.”
2 Chronicles 7:1
God’s presence fills places where He is honored as GOD.
True kings in the Kingdom of God give God all the glory.
True queens in the Kingdom of God give God all the glory.
You are royal because Jesus chose you to be His. Give Him all the glory and He will empower you to shine for Him on the earth so that his people are taken care of in good hands. He needs you to lead with goodness in a world that leads with corruption. Don’t focus on trying to be sinless, just focus on Jesus and you become more like Him as a result. God is the one who beautifies our hearts and souls by His own spirit indwelling us.
You are loved and chosen by the Lord to do great things.
Celebrate this love relationship with Jesus.
Dance for Him and delight in Him. God wants to be delighted in too. He likes to be loved. He longs to be adored.
“How can I give you up, Ephraim?
How can I hand you over, Israel?
How can I treat you like Admah?
How can I make you like Zeboyim?
My heart is changed within Me;
all My compassion is aroused.” Hosea 11:8
God’s compassion stirs for you because He loves you.
God’s love is a complex love because He holds the weight of having to love a people whom He knew would sin against Him. But He knew this would happen. He allowed it to happen. It is the only way that we can have free will to choose Him. God does all the work for us so that we can have a relationship with Him.
“Lord, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.” Isaiah 26:12
He covers us freely. You are spotless in His love. Whole and untainted. Perfect and holy. Because He says so.
“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” Isaiah 1:18
God forgave David of every iniquity because he came to the Lord with a vulnerable heart, longing to be renewed. How do come to the Lord? With desire to be made new? Or with resentment of His reign?
Don’t be like Michal who despised her own husband for loving the Lord. Be like Bathsheba who honored the king even in his own transgression and chose to mother the future king of Israel. David loved her for a reason… because she was a virtuous woman.
King Solomon wrote a list of proverbs about godly femininity in Proverbs 31 under the pen name “King Lemuel,” indicating proverbs “which his mother taught him.” Some scholars believe this was another king whom Solomon knew and others say the identity remains unknown. Given that Solomon’s own mother was a virtuous woman who would fit the role of the virtuous woman depicted in this proverb, this proverb more closely seems to be his own, under the pen name “King Lemuel.” Lemuel means “belonging to God” in Hebrew and would have been a saying that Bathsheba taught Solomon as a boy, to belong to God. Thus, it seems most probable that Solomon wrote this proverb himself about his mother, Bathsheba.
Solomon’s mother, Bathsheba, was a praiseworthy woman. She brought adoration to the family and Solomon saw what a godly woman looked like in her heart at a young age and was able to write about it in a way that we are still using this proverb to this day as an example of godly feminite virtue. It says this in Proverbs 31…
“Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
She is more precious than rubies.
11 Her husband can trust her,
and she will greatly enrich his life.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.” Proverbs 31:10-12
King Solomon knew what a godly woman was by what he saw at home. This only proves how important it is for parents to teach their children about Jesus when they are young, so that they grow up in a home of life, insight and virtue. Let this be your aim for your family.
Proverbs 31 goes on to describe the virtuous woman, written by a man. When you gain wisdom from the Lord, you gain insight on men and women that help you to understand the opposite sex and how God made them to highlight His beauty. God gave Solomon wisdom beyond his natural state and mind, and He will give you that also when you seek Him in intimate relationship.
“And so, my children, listen to me,
for all who follow my ways are joyful.
33 Listen to my instruction and be wise.
Don’t ignore it.
34 Joyful are those who listen to me,
watching for me daily at my gates,
waiting for me outside my home!
35 For whoever finds me finds life
and receives favor from the Lord.”
Honor the Lord and He will lead you to walk in His ways and learn of His wisdom. Solomon grew up loving the Lord and so He learned wisdom upon wisdom as a result of that path.
Solomon also rejoiced in the Lord just as His father David did, through dancing, singing and worship. He knew when it was the right time to dance and He spoke this over His people.
“To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under Heaven…
A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance.” Ecclesiastes 3:1,4
Get up and dance. God is waiting for you…
dance for Me
says the Lord
dance with Me
says your God
dance in love
twirl in love
dip in love
my ballerina forever
I love when you
dance for Me
dance for Me forever