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But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22 AMP

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Working For Your Good

“In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself”. John 1:1 AMP

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Song of The Day: It’s Working, by William Murphy

Memory Verse: So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet. 2 Samuel 6:15 KJV

To despise means to look down upon with scorn or contempt. When David leaped and danced before the Lord after bringing up the Ark of The Covenant from Obededom, the Bible says that his wife Michal, Saul’s daughter, despised him (II Sam 6:16)

Have you been hated for your good? Michal allowed the feeling of disdain cloud her judgment. When David came home that day, she attempted to rebuke him for dancing before the people. Michal accused David of flirtatious and vain (II Samuel 6:20).

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. II Samuel 6:21 KJV

Michal was embarrassed by David’s public display of jubilation, without pomp and stance. She likely thought herself of such noble birth – being the daughter of a king, as to warrant a more civilized, proper counterpart. David was secure in his faith and its practices. He let Michal know that her disregard of His God was as good as rejection of David himself.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary states:

It is angels’ work to worship God, surely that cannot lower the greatest of men. But even the palaces of princes are not free from family troubles. Exercises of religion appear mean [lowly] in the eyes of those who have little or no religion themselves. If we can approve ourselves to God in what we do in religion, and do it as before the Lord, we need not heed reproach.

Piety will have its praise: let us not be indifferent in it, nor afraid or ashamed to own it. David was contented to justify himself, and he did not further reprove or blame Michal’s insolence; but God punished her. Those that honor God, he will honor; but those that despise him, and his servants and service, shall be lightly esteemed.

These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee. Titus 2:15 KJV

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