King David brought the Ark of the Covenant to the City of David, dancing, singing, rejoicing in joyful abandon. David stripped out of his kingly garb, and clad in a priestly garment. David triumphed in the carriage of the work God had called him to do. There was singing, dancing, music and snacks for the multitudes who accompanied him. Such disregard for self-control and timidity!
What about us?
Last night I watched an old movie called “The Stepford Wives.” (The original, not the remake.) It was an eye-opening experience. The movie explores how individuals can sometimes force themselves into molds, becoming robot-like in our behavior, giving up our true personality for perceived perfection. This is all at the cost of the joy of living in freedom.
It dawned on me that this is how some Christians relegate their lives to robot-like behavior. Sometimes entire congregations, or entire sects, can fall prey to this insanity. Some sects want their followers to dress a certain way, behave a certain way, think a certain way. Where is their individuality? Where is their choice? Where is God in all this?
We have a God of joyful abandon. This does not mean to run naked through the streets. This means to follow Him, not always the crowd.
In the village of Stepford the wives were relegated to household tasks and making themselves beautiful for their husbands. Eventually, the robot would take over the wife’s entire person, and the woman would become that “perfect” robot.
It is not always easy to suddenly start thinking for ourselves after undergoing years of indoctrination, and sometimes brain washing. Breaking away is not always the most popular thing to do.
King David’s wife, Michal, criticized David for triumphing in the Lord’s work. As a result, King David cut her off like a ripe fig, and she bore him no children. Quite a price to pay for coming between King David and his Lord. Have faith.
Please see 2 Samuel Chapter 6 for the story of King David and the Ark of the Covenant.