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.