I Will Be More Vile Yet!
Robert Wurtz II
And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD. And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour. (2 Samuel 6:21-22)
Michal is like a great many people today that have the wicked and diabolical notion that they can begrudge that which has been offered unto the Lord. That is to say, she was resentful of what David had done for the Lord, trying to spin the details into something other than what was happening. Bottom line, it was for the Lord. She envied the Lord of the love offering David showed towards Him when the Ark was brought in. As we will see later, it was a desperately fatal calculation.
It is dangerous to begrudge anything that anyone gives to the Lord. And say not in your heart ‘it was to the church’ for the serving of the Lord is within His Body, the Church. It is a false distinction. God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love that you have showed towards His name, but man is apt to begrudge it. A person can be dog drunk and stoned out of their minds for days on end and never hear a word about it, but let someone get on fire for God and spend too much time in ministry and suddenly people take on a spirit of Michal. The trouble is, God is watching and listening.
Jealous of benevolence
One of the great problems with having friends and family that do not serve the Lord is that they are going in different directions. I have been criticized for outreach ministry in the past because I go to minister to the sick and dying. Family members have all but said, “You could have spent that time with me! Why don’t you do thus and such and stop spending so much time at ‘the church’ or doing ‘ministry’? Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity? (Matthew 20:15 ESV) How easy would it be for family and friends to show up together and enjoy laboring for the Lord, but this is not the case. We are expected to leave our field of labor to go off some other place to do meaningless exercise. What is worse is that often these people already know better than how they are living and know they too should be doing the Lord’s work, but they want you to leave the fields of labor and if you don’t you’re a bad wife, husband, mother, father, aunt, uncle, cousin, grandma, grandpa, niece, nephew, friend, etc. It is all pretense for their own rebellion. That is not to say that we ought not to make time for friends and family, but when your friends and family don’t serve God you are living in different worlds. The time lost together is a direct consequence of the unrepentants’ desire to go on in the world living rather than sharing time together doing what pleases God. Beer drinkers have no trouble spending time together at the bar. Why? They are moving on the same mind and desires. They go to the same type places and do the same type things.
I’d rather you were a fan
Michal didn’t want David to be a true follower of God, she wanted a fan for a husband. Just a dab will do. What she got is a man that was sold-out to God in a way that He gave God all his worship and life when he was on his game. If he had listened to Michal there would have been a hundred Bathsheba’s. Why? Because Satan loves to use the Michal’s in your life to get you to tone-down and fall-out with God. She wanted a half-baked pretender, and got a man after God’s own heart. If she lived today she would say something like, “It’s OK to go to church, just don’t be a follower! Treat God like you would your favorite sports team or music singer. Turn them on when you want them and turn them off when your through.” The problem is that she didn’t have the good sense to know that if the man had not been a servant of God there is no telling how he would have treated her. This is the often overlooked reality. Can you imagine what her life would have been like had she been married to some of the kings that surrounded Israel? I’m not old, but I am getting older and I have seen enough to know that a lot of wives and husbands would rather have an alcoholic for a spouse than a true man or woman of God. It’s a hard saying, but there it is. Serve God in spite of who likes it.
I need help, somebody pray!
Understand that many people want a pretender until their in the hospital thinking they are going to die in the next 30 minutes; then they want that man of faith and power that walks with God that can pray and touch God. Like the old saying, “Everybody wanna go to Heaven, nobody wanna die.” This is the kind of “want your cake and eat it too” schizophrenic mind that dominates our times. Understand that not everyone is going to like what you do, especially for the Lord. The world is loaded with Michals. They will criticise you and make you feel you are doing wrong by doing good! Amazing. Rejection is a constant, it’s not going away. The best thing we can do is to make sure we are being rejected for the right things. (Bryan Allain)
I will be more vile yet!
What did David say when the woman that didn’t even want God started criticizing him? And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight. David refused to let this woman’s poisonous words effect him. She tried to shame him for his service to God! I have heard preachers suggest David was a bad father and all kinds of madness. Rather than the family rallying behind the man in his service to God they simply took up the lamentation of Judges 2:10b, …and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel. If David lets up, it would not have improved Michal’s spirituality. Think of the madness of what she is suggesting, if you will stop being so reckless then the women of the nation will respect you more. Let’s get one thing straight right now; the reason a person serves God or not is not tied to how much someone else sells out to God, it is based on their own rebellion or repentance. Michal and the girls were going to be Michal and the girls no matter how radical David got. What he did was not going to affect them. Their relationship with God is between them and God. So when you get tempted to back off and turn lukewarm and fan-like, understand that the only person you are hurting is yourself. Because sinners will find something else to criticize for and excuse their own rebellion until they finally get right with God.
God cannot please sinners
You can’t please a sinner because they are divided themselves. Michal’s conscience knew that what he was doing was right and in order, but her evil heart despised him. So if he relents and apologizes for serving God so heartily, her evil heart would rejoice, but her CONSCIENCE would rise up and condemn him! This is why no Christian should ever play to a sinners evil heart. Live in such a way that you commend yourself to every ones conscience in the sight of God and they will know you are legit. And when it comes time to pray or get right with God the person will know who to call.
We could leave off our story if it had ended here, but it did not. God showed forth His estimate of this woman’s attitude by what he did to her; Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death. (2 Samuel 6:23) God made sure that this wretched begrudging the Lord attitude of this woman never reproduced. He nipped her in the bud. No child would ever be raised by this woman with that evil spirit. A sobering thing to consider for those that make a habit of begrudging the service of the Lord.
I Will Be More Vile Yet!