So Michal let David down through the window, and he fled away and escaped.13 Michal took an image and laid it on the bed and put a pillow of goats’ hair at its head and covered it with the clothes. 14 And when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, “He is sick.” 15 Then Saul sent the messengers to see David, saying, “Bring him up to me in the bed, that I may kill him.” 16 And when the messengers came in, behold, the image was in the bed, with the pillow of goats’ hair at its head.
1 Samuel 19:12-16
I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve hated myself for all the idol worship in my life. I’ve made so many things idols: my smart phone, chocolate, decadent food, a tv show, a computer game. The list goes on and on and on. How I’ve hated myself for these terrible sins against my Lord. And then this morning, before I began to read the Word, I asked God to give me new insight into David’s life while he was deeply oppressed and victimized by King Saul. Jesus did not disappoint! (He never does! I don’t know why I think He will sometimes.)
I came to the passage that I opened my blog with today. Basically, Saul is trying to kill David (again) and so his wife helps sneak him out of the house by cover of night and then takes a household idol and uses it to make it look like David was just sick in bed. Ya. A household idol. In the house of the guy who took out entire armies, and killed giants with a sling, and ripped lions and bears limb from limb because of his great faith and trust in God. He had, at the very least, one pagan idol in his home big enough to simulate a grown man in bed.
Honestly, I don’t think David actually worshipped the household idol, but rather he worshipped the beautiful Michal that loved him. David was always a sucker for a beautiful woman. His idol was his bride and the attention he received from her. Any time I look at David I’m reminded that the “man after God’s own heart” still struggled with sin. All the time.
Boy am I thankful for David. The Lord has used him to remind me of just how much He loves me, despite my idolatrous ways. The Lord delights in my repentance and loving disciplines and teaches me. He never abandons me, but instead lifts me up and helps me try again. Just like He did with murderous, adulterous, idolatrous David.
I guess I’m in pretty good company.