Week Twenty-Six Thoughts

This week I want to bring us to 1 Chronicles 15:29. This verse reads as follows, “As the ark of the covenant of the LORD was entering the city of David, Saul’s daughter Michal looked down from the window and saw King David leaping and dancing, and she despised him in her heart. Michal was David’s wife, and we see that David is for a lack of better terms going nuts, not in a bad way, but in a rejoicing way. We see here that David is excited, and rightfully so, he is finally bringing the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem. In his act of undignified dancing, as Michal would have put it, what is David doing? David is expressing his joy, thanksgiving, and ultimately worship to God through this dancing and music.

When I think about worship and what it looks like, I find myself at times a lot more like Michal and less like David. I tend to be reserved and at times even skeptical of others. This is wrong of me, but I think what is probably even worse than the skepticism is my lack of freedom in worship. Why don’t I let loose? What am I afraid of? Do I think people will judge my bad voice or would dancing offend someone? The answer to the last two questions for me is I think people would judge my bad voice and dancing might offend some. Even though that might be the case, I have to ask why do I care how others perceive how I worship?

The question comes down to this, who are you trying to please with how you worship? Man or God? Let us all worship God for who He is and what He has done, and don’t let people hinder that, and if that means dancing, than dance, if that means singing at the top of your lungs even though you sound like a cross between dying cat and a scared dog, than do it, or if that means you sit in quiet contemplation while others are singing and dancing, than sit. We serve an amazing God, so let us worship Him with our whole self. David worshiped freely before God, without a worry of who was watching, so let us take a play from his book and worship freely as well.

Thanks for reading!

Pastor Josh