Narrator: With God leading the way, David defeated Israel’s enemies at every turn. All the tribes came together to make David their king. He took over control of Jerusalem and renamed it the City of David. He took on more wives and had many children. In every test of his leadership, in every crisis, David never forgot his allegiance to God.
David: Nathan, I’ve summoned you to discuss something that’s been bothering me.
Nathan: What would you like to talk about, my King?
David: Look around you, Nathan. I have this beautiful palace, crafted using only the best materials, gold, fine imported wood and stone. We must bring the Ark of the Covenant from its lowly tent in Judah to Jerusalem. I would like to have the honor of God’s presence here in Zion; this is the capital now.
Nathan: Whatever you have in mind, my King; do it, for the Lord is with you.
Narrator: So David arranged to have the ark of God brought to Jerusalem. Strong men were selected to carry the ark on their shoulders in a procession. David and the people he assembled led the parade with shouts and sounds of trumpets, harps, tambourines, lyres, and cymbals. David was so excited he danced wildly in the streets to celebrate the arrival of the ark. Later that day, his wife Michal and David had words…
Michal: Well, you sure made a fool of yourself today! Our monarch, our commander in chief and head of state dancing like he was possessed.
David: It was just me expressing my true feelings before the Lord! Perhaps those that saw me now will understand there is no such thing as too much joy in the presence of Jehovah God.
Michal: Just think of all the people who saw you lose your dignity!
David: There will always be those who are too concerned with their self-image to show their true feelings. I feel it here; in my heart; it’s an honest response. Celebrate with me, Michal! Rejoice that the Sovereign God is now present - here... in Zion!
(Hearing the crowds calling for him in the street, David opens the terrace doors)
David: All you saints! Sing your hearts out to God! He gets angry once in a while, but across a lifetime there is only love. When things were going great, I crowed, “I’ve got it made. I’m God’s favorite. He made me king of the mountain. Lord, then you looked the other way and I fell to pieces… I’m about to burst with song; I can’t keep quiet about you. God, my God, I can’t thank you enough. (Ps. 30 The Message)
O Israel, rejoice in your Maker. Praise his name with dancing, accompanied by tambourine and harp. ( Ps. 149:2-3)