Celebrating the King

The piercing Judean sun radiated off the golden Ark and the glistening linen-clad priest who were carrying it. All Israel was in the procession rising slowly toward the gates of Jerusalem. The sound of their exultant shouting echoed … thundered in the rocky valleys. From her high vantage point in the house of David, Michal could see one figure “distinguishing” himself; hands raised, head bobbing above the crowd, whirling, his linen robe twisting and fluttering in a way very unbecoming for royalty. “She despised him in her heart,” says 2 Samuel 6:16.

The Ark of God entered Jerusalem and David went home to bless his house. Blessing did not wait him there … but rebuke. To Michal’s disdain, David responded, “I will celebrate before the LORD. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes.” David knew that the commoners would respect him for his devotion to the Lord, but he was willing to make himself lowly before his God. Decades ago when Israel had asked for a king, it had been a rejection of God as their King … but this attitude was never in the heart of Israel’s second ruler. David was just the happily humble escort as the True King entered Jerusalem.

The piercing Judean sun illuminated a kaleidoscope of robes and frons cast askew upon the path rising slowly toward the gates of Jerusalem. The shouts of “Hosanna to the son of David” echoed … thundered against the dressed stone walls of the Holy City. From their high position, the religious leaders despised what they saw. One head bobbing just slightly above the crowd, a dusty Nazarene jostled along on a plodding ass. When Jesus received their indignant challenge to silence the people, He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”  He had every right to the commoners’ praises … He had the right to creation’s praise. A thousand years after David’s dance, Israel’s True King and God approached Jerusalem “humble and mounted on a donkey.”

That King David would humble himself before God is noteworthy. That God would humble Himself for the sake of His creation is beyond comprehension! What do we do with that?

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:5–11