When King David began the trek to bring the Ark of the Covenant up Mt. Zion, he stripped himself of his outer clothing, put on a linen ephod and “danced with all his might” in celebration.
As he approached the city, his wife Michal saw him and was scandalized by his actions.
When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!” -2 Samuel 6:20
And how did David answer?
David said to Michal, “It was before the LORD, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the LORD’s people Israel–I will celebrate before the LORD. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.” -2 Samuel 6:21-22
For Michal, David wasn’t acting in a royal fashion (pun intended). This is because he was before God, the greatest of all kings. David did not place importance in himself. He placed importance on God. If dignity meant placing himself at the level or even above God, David would have none of it.
David wore a linen ephod showing himself to be a priest first and foremost, one who serves God and his fellowmen. Jesus Christ, who was his descendant, would echo the same sentiment.
“…Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” -Matthew 20:28
David stripped himself of being honored as king; honoring instead the One who ordained him king. He celebrated, not his ascension to the throne, but the ascension of the Ark of the Covenant, the manifest presence of God. He praised not himself, but the One who was worthy of all praise.
He would not take the glory for himself. He would give it all to God the almighty.
Dignity is not about who you are. It’s about who God is in your life.