2009-10-22 - Insights from Paltiel and Michal
Love and Marriage, Bible Style
2 Samuel 3:13-16, 6:19-23
Her husband, however, went with her, weeping behind her all the way to Bahurim. Then Abner said to him, "Go back home!" So he went back. (2 Samuel 3:16)
King David wanted Michal, his first wife, back. The move was more a political one than a gesture of adoration. Saul, Michal's father, had given her to Paltiel while David was on the run from Saul.
Paltiel wanted to be with Michal as long as he could. Even if that meant walking behind her during her journey to her new residence. Paltiel was not ashamed or afraid to show emotion. He followed behind his wife, weeping.
Michal's life was not always glorious after being reunited with David. She showed her disgust with David's dancing before the Lord, and told him so. Her comments did not phase the king. David defended his actions.
Paltiel must have felt so helpless and powerless. We never learn about Paltiel's life without his Michal. Did he find love again, and have a happy ending after all?
Lord, Grief consumes every part of my day. I don't see how You can make things better, but I am relying on You. Let me see Your goodness in this situation. Let me find a reason to smile and laugh again. Help me to place my focus on uplifting things other than my pain. I want to be free. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.