We live in a broken world and discouragements are bound to come and sometimes from surprising quarters. When David brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem it had entailed many difficulties and even loss of life, but now it was finally entering the city and David was flamboyant in his joy. But Michal, David’s wife, tried to spoil his fun by making disparaging remarks about David’s enthusiasm. She said to him, ‘How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, disrobing in the sight of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!’ But I love David’s response, ‘ … I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified that this …’ (2 Samuel 6:21-22).

He wasn’t put off by her attitude nor does he accept her perception of the situation. David made up his mind to celebrate and now promises to celebrate with even more vigour and zest in the future.

Today we may find people trying to spoil our fun or dampen our enthusiasm by telling us not to be so full-on for God. They may even suggest we’ll ‘get over it’. As we start a new year, let’s be like David, promising to be persistent and more enthusiastic in our celebrations of God.

In 2017, I will celebrate before the Lord.