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Dancing With All Your Might

One of my goals for 2009 was to systematically read through the Scriptures.  On Monday morning, while enjoying Memorial Day with the family, I was reading in II Samuel 6 and reread a familiar story.

David and his army had just defeated the Philistines and was in the process of taking the ark of the covenant back to the city of David (Jerusalem).  After the ark remained in Obed-edom for three months (following the death of Uzzah who accidentily touched the ark as the oxen stumbled) David goes and retrieves the ark and continues the journey into the city.  Here is the account:

“And it was told King David, “The Lord has blessd the household of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.”  So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the city of David with rejoicing.  And when those who bore the ark of the Lord had gone six steps, he sacrificed an ox and a fattened animal.  And David danced before the Lord with all his might.  And David was wearing a linen ephod.  So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the horn.”

I love the imagery.  David dancing before the Lord with all of his might…with all that he had within Him.  For me the picture serves as a great reminder of how we should serve the Lord with all our might. 

But this picture of David also reminds me just how easy it is to try and “dance before the Lord with all of my might” on my own strength, using my own wisdom, and in my own power.

God desires that we come to him and serve Him through lives of faith and repentance.  May we be men and women who are passionate about “dancing with all our might” not on our own strength and in our own power…but by faith and repentance.


One comment on “Dancing With All Your Might

  1. Interestingly enough, and even apparent in today’s worship is the differing styles and the attitudes by those around us to their perceptions of others and how they choose to express themselves during worship. David’s wife, Michael, the daughter of Saul looked at David’s actions as despicable. Michael chastises David for “uncovering” himself before others, mainly the women and “subjects of the kingdom”. Her perceptions of how a king should act and worship in the presence of the people and not solely God was paramount to her values. While the Hebrew word גלה (galah) denotes a description of uncovering, it also refers to revealing oneself in their true identity. I feel that David dropped the king part of his identity and expressed himself and his love, adoration and reverence for God by worshiping as a man saved by God. When we are caught up in the Spirit of God, our passion to worship outweighs our own identity.
    This stands true today. As some desire to lift hands, some vocally giving praise, others clapping, we should honor and respect everyone’s worship style. While I am one that stands still, others around me exhibit other actions. We can not judge whether one person’s style is appropriate based upon our own presuppositions, values, norms and or mores. We are called to worship God wholeheartedly, with passion and reverence to He who is the only One worthy of ALL our worship.

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