David answered Mikhal, “In the presence of The LORD — who chose me over your father and over everyone in his family to make me chief over The LORD’s people, over Isra’el — I will celebrate in the presence of The LORD!
It has been said that sadness and depression are a type of sin. I can certainly see them as a gateway to sin. David’s assertion to Mihkal that he will celebrate in the presence of The LORD, no matter who sees or how he looks brings to mind an idea. Are we not always in the presence of The LORD? I would say yes. Does that mean we ought always to be celebrating? I think it follows that the answer to that is also yes. I don’t plan on slaughtering any animals or making burnt offerings for every six steps, or even the first six steps of a major journey like the one with the Ark here. So what does this mean for me? How do I take this passage to heart? What can I do to be like David here? My mind goes to Messiah and David further in his story. They had their troubles, sorrows and tears, but they always had their faith and trust in the Father. Maybe it is enough to keep in mind that we are always in the Father’s presence and to be thankful for all that we have. Maybe I should challenge myself to see everything through that lens and thank the Father for everything, even my struggles.