We recently shared the account of hundreds of Haitian believers overflowing the interior of a church building as it was being dedicated (Reality). God met everyone there, big time!

Many who were unable to squeeze into the building’s interior were worshipping outside and peering in through the open doorways and windows. Although momentarily separated by walls, they were spiritually one with God and those inside; themselves dancing and singing:

“We are blessed!

We are blessed!”

What happened that day is difficult to put into words. God’s Spirit filled His people and that place. It was a thrilling, holy celebration of God’s gift of salvation and the glories of Ephesians 1:3-5 (your best read of the day).

God occasionally permits glimpses into the most sacred of His interactions within the Godhead and humanity. Such was the case that day in Haiti, much like the unabashed worship of God by King David as recorded in 2 Samuel 6:12-15:

Now it was told King David, saying, ‘The Lord has blessed the house of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him on account of the ark of God.’ David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the city of David with gladness.

And so it was, that when the bearers of the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling. And David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, and David was wearing a linen ephod.

So David and all the house of Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouting and the sound of the trumpet.

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Someone was looking through a window at the way in which King David worshipped publicly and without restraint. Yet unlike the Christians on both sides of the windows in Haiti, she did not experience oneness of spirit:

Then it happened as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David that Michal, the daughter of Saul, looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, and she despised him in her heart. (2 Samuel 6:16)

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Michal likely had prior, underlying resentments. She was the wife of David’s youth whose love compelled her to risk saving him from death (I Samuel 19:11-17). Her thanks?  David left her behind, went on to marry six other women, fathered children through them, and then (years later) forced her back into his life as if nothing had happened.

King David was a man after God’s own heart—when he was a man after God’s own heart. But make no mistake: like us, he was not sin-free. And choosing to multiply wives for himself was in clear opposition to God’s instructions of Deuteronomy 17:17.

When Michal (also a sinner) looked out the window and saw David worshipping God with all his might, who was she focusing on?

The man who wronged her.

But who was the man who failed to consistently honor God focusing on?

Jehovah God.

David knew that God’s mercy and grace—towards himself and others—was and is an awesome thing. He lifted his eyes above the masses and his own messes to Almighty God. He was dancing; glorying in God’s magnificent love and mercy. And he was not going to suppress it (2 Samuel 6:21).

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Like Michal, it’s easy for us to look through certain windows in our lives and miss seeing God and His miraculous, saving power. We may allow the failures of mortals to command our attention and obscure deep, spiritual wonders God intended for us!

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The Haitian believers’ song of rapture during the church building’s dedication was: “We are blessed, we are blessed!” Not “We are awesome! We are awesome!”

King David wasn’t without faults, our Haitian brothers and sisters weren’t, and neither are we. Yet while our failures are disturbing and easy to focus on—and the wrongs done to us by others inarguably leave their marks—God’s willingness to forgive, adopt us as children, and one day conform us into the image of Christ are almost scandalous.

And definitely worth celebrating, as the psalmist (perhaps David) wrote:

Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!

Worship the Lord with gladness.

Come before Him, singing with joy.

Acknowledge that the Lord is God!

He made us, and we are His.

We are His people, the sheep of His pasture.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving; go into His courts with praise.

Give thanks to Him and praise His name.

For the Lord is good.

His unfailing love continues forever, and His faithfulness continues to each generation.

(Psalm 100, NLT)

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Bringing it Home: Our Windows

What things are you observing through life’s windows right now? For me, there’s a wide spectrum of events to observe and process. Some inspire gratitude, while others—quite honestly—are nauseating.

As imperfect as King David was, it appears he (sooner or later) habitually reached spiritually sound conclusions—whether the views from his windows were awe-inspiring or dire.

I would like to mirror David in those times when he got it right. So how did he manage to honor God in times when life was good and also when it was going off the rails? We touched on it a few moments ago:

He chose—again and again—to fix, or return, his gaze and hope upon God.

His fortress.

The rock of his salvation.

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Because God graciously gave us His Son, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and His Word (the Bible), we perhaps can worship and trust God to a more consistent degree than David did.

When we see evil, we can rest assured: God will deal with it justly (Romans 12:19; Romans 2:5-6).

When our gaze takes in acts of betrayal, we find strength in the One whose love is unfailing and endures forever (Psalm 100:5; Isaiah 54:10).

When that which we hold dear is seemingly wrested from our hands, we can lift our eyes to the One whose faithfulness continues to each generation (Psalm 100:5; Lamentations 3:22-23).

And when feelings demand that we question our faith, God’s Spirit directs the willing believer to the truth of who he or she is in Christ (Ephesians 1:3-4; Ephesians 1:6-11).

Should we find ourselves peering through a window where God is meeting His own in shameless mercy and grace, we can join in. And while our worship of God should never be for show, exulting in His goodness opens windows for others to see what they might otherwise miss:

The reality of the one, true God; worthy of all praise.

You are loved.

June

June

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4 Comments

  • Andy says:

    June,
    Thanks for sharing the story of our beautiful Haitian brothers and sisters. Very encouraging, and I cannot wait to worship with them in glory one day!

    Thank you also for the amazing insight into the life of David and Michal. What a difficult relationship they must have had. It is truly astounding that our Father welcomes such weak people like us into His kingdom, calls us his children, and let’s eat at His table! Thank you Jesus!

  • Gi Gi says:

    Thank you my sweet friend for your willingness to follow Christ in your ministry of encouragement!!

    • June says:

      Thank YOU (and Stanley) for always making a space for me to have a front row seat to see what God is doing! It’s too good not to share…

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