The Victory of Vulnerability!
When King David returned to Jerusalem from his victory over the Philistines in 2 Samuel 6 he headed the procession of the Ark of the Covenant by dancing “with all his might.” At the same time he evidently lost some of his priestly or regal garments. While David rejoiced because of the return of the Ark, his wife Michal peered from her window in disgust from the king’s display before the people. She later told him, “How glorious was the king of Israel today, who uncovered himself in the eyes of his handmaids his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovers himself.”
David told her that he would be more vile than this, more base in his own sight [than hide his enthusiasm for the victory of Israel over their enemies].
This scene is today a metaphor for the victory of our vulnerability. Pride is toxic for the Christian. But this vulnerability is not simply an antidote for our foolish elevated self-perception. It is also perhaps a process for resolving our deepest fears and emotional disconnects. While Michal remained stuck in her self protected world, peering out her window at her own people below, David displayed his vulnerability for all the world to see. David’s victory was not to be found in his position, nor his self-protection, nor his traditions but rather in his complete openness to his own emotional vulnerability.
David was the emotional and spiritual opposite of Michal.
When we allow our deepest concerns to be exposed to the loving hand of God we allow God to continue the same process he began in our justification from sin. He heals our emotional wounds. We become more available to the people who need us. But if we remain hidden in Michal’s room of fear and disappointment, so remains hidden our strength and our victory.
The victory of vulnerability is the conquest of pain and disappointment by humility. It is David dancing “with all his might”, and it is the Son of God nailed to a cross of shame. Keep going deeper and seek for your own victory through vulnerability!