The repetitiveness of the past several readings has really made me think a lot about the experience of bringing the Ark back to Israel and giving it a more permanent home. It seems so funny to me that, in the midst of celebration by so many, Michal, David's wife, watched the situation in disgust. In fact, she went so far as to despise David in her heart. Was she bitter that David was king and that her father was not? Was she upset because she didn't feel the joy in her heart that her husband felt?
I don't know if I've ever gotten to the point of despising other worshipers in my heart, but there have been times when jealousy has taken me over. Why can't I focus the way they can? Why can't I feel the emotions that they appear to feel? Why can't I worship God in an uninhibited way without concern of what others might think? The times when I have truly been able to worship God are those times when all other concerns were taken from me, and I saw myself in light of my Savior. My guess is that Michal had a hard time doing that. We know that her attitude didn't please the Lord because He closed her womb. Hopefully our attitudes will not be like hers.