David in the beginning wore “warrior” clothes. When we are first introduced to David in the Scriptures, it is when he was chosen by Samuel. Then later is when he fought Goliath, and throughout he was constantly fighting in the Lord’s armies.
1Sa_18:7 And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.
It was just before this, in verses 4,5 that Jonathon stripped off his own warrior garb and gave it to David. In which, David then became Saul’s right-hand man. This was how he was known by many, his identity.
And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. 2Sa 6:14
Here we see David casting this identity off! No more warrior clothes! For unrighteousness sake? No. For the Lord, he became a “mere man” in the eyes of the people. Even in humiliation! “Jesus humbled himself to the point of death.”
So what was it about David that caused him to all of a sudden cast off his garments and bring glory and praise unto the Lord.
And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD. 2Sa 6:21
Perhaps this marks the day of his “reawakening” or even his “liberation.” Freed from his previous master and renewed unto faith in the Lord.
See also, Killing the Saul in Me.
Three others who gave up much, so that He could become all.
1. Mary Magdalene – In Luke 7:37-50, we are told about a woman who “unashamedly” poured out all that she had before the Lord. All of her being, and all of her wealth. Even though her wealth was by unholy means, it was still hers, and what came out of who she was.
2. Jacob – Jacob’s name means “Grabber” in the Hebrew language, and until the Lord had finally achieved in breaking him, he held to this name. For years, he grabbed what he wanted. After wrestling with the angel, his hip was broken which shows his new weakness and dependence upon the Lord. He was then given the name Israel instead of Jacob which loosely means “God prevails.” Meaning he no longer serving himself, but the Lord, and because of this he has “power with God and with men, and have prevailed.” (Gen. 32:28) And then he learned to see God face to face (Penuel), and not his own face! Again, an old identity for a new one which in turn brought praise and glory to our Father in heaven.
3. Abraham – For years, Abraham longed for a child to call his own from his first wife Sarah. When he got this child, the Lord asked him to sacrifice him on the alter. Instead of grudgingly deciding what to do, he obeyed instantly. And in turn, the Lord did all that He promised Abraham. Through the line of his son, Isaac, He made Abraham a father of many nations.