1 Samuel 18:17-30; 19:11-18 (New Living Translation/The Message)
2 Samuel 6:16-23 (New Living Translation)
O & A
The story of David and Michal is not the quintessential love story. Michal loved David, married him, betrayed him, and ended up hating him. Saul, the king and Michal’s father, despised David. In his attempt to kill David, he offered David his older daughter, Merab. In order to get her, David had to fight against the Philistines. Saul hoped David would be killed during battle. David considered himself not worthy to marry Merab and passed her along.
Saul later found out his younger daughter Michal was in love with David and he considered this a second chance at killing him. He tried the same trick of battle. David won and Saul knew God’s hand was on him and his daughter’s heart was with him as well. Saul’s hate for David never left.
As his hate grew, Saul wanted David dead. Saul sent his soldiers to kill David as he and Michal slept. Before the soldiers arrived, Michal told David to leave so he would not be killed. When the soldiers arrived and realized David was gone, Michal lied and told them David threatened her life. This infuriated Saul even the more.
Some time passed, and David was crowned king. Michal was not happy because David danced before the Lord in the streets, ripping his clothing and all the people could see him. Michal was more concerned with him keeping his dignity than she was him worshipping God. Due to her dislike for him, she never bore him children. David still became one of the most known rulers of all time and a “man after God’s own heart”.
The most important things to take from this story are:
- As women and wives, we should first be loyal to God and then our husbands.
- Our love and loyalty should not be contingent upon our husband’s actions or their abilities.
- Failing to recognize God in our love lives is a setup for failure.
- Love and loyalty are characteristics of God and we should display them in everything we do or say.
Father God in heaven, as we honor you in our lives, help us to exude the characteristics of you. We desire to keep our loves in order by having you first, our families second and everything else last. Lord, help us to love those around us the way you love us. Teach us to uplift and not tear each other down be it in word or in action. We thank you for you grace, mercy, forgiveness and love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
By: Maleeka T. Hollaway
Maleeka Taliha Hollaway is a native of Atlanta, Ga & the proud mother of Kerrington Kaelle. Maleeka is an Internationally Certified Life Success Advocate (coach), candid public speaker, business and branding strategist, noted editor and a Best-Selling author (co-Authoring “20 Beautiful Women: Volume 2”). Maleeka has shared stages with many internationally speakers and she has been interviewed in the U.S. and Africa by many notable influences. She is devoted to mentoring and coaching people of all ages and genders in discovering how to live the life they desire, as she is blossoming into one of the most inspirational and influential female voices of this generation. Her favorite scripture is Galatians 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not”.