Monday, April 30

Live like David danced

Scripture: 2 Samuel 6, 1 Chronicles 13, Psalm 68, Matthew 17

2 Samuel 6:21-22 David replied to Michal, “I was dancing before the Lord who chose me over your father and his whole family to appoint me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel.  I will celebrate before the Lord, 22 and I will humble myself even more and humiliate myself.  I will be honored by the slave girls you spoke about.”

Observation

David led the procession returning the ark to Jerusalem.  He celebrated the ark’s return by dancing with all his might.  As he entered the city, his wife, Michel, Saul’s daughter, saw him dancing and “despised him in her heart.” Evidently, Michel felt David’s display was beneath his dignity as king.  When he returned home, Michel met him with sarcastic contempt: “How the king of Israel honored himself today!  He exposed himself in the sight of the slave girls of his subjects like a vulgar person.”  It’s possible that David’s exuberant dance in an ephod (a linen shirt that came below the waist) was immodest at times.  

David replies to Michel that he was celebrating before the Lord who chose him to be king—he was dancing for God, not a human audience.  And if it was humiliating, so be it; he will gladly humble himself before God even more!  But in humbling himself before God, he will be exalted before people, including the slave girls Michel mentioned.

Application

David’s humble and grateful heart before God is worth imitating!  He realized that God had chosen and blessed him, and with a grateful heart, he poured out his praise to God.  He was worshiping God—an Audience of One.  He wasn’t worried about what anyone thought of him—even his wife!  

This certainly applies when we worship in church (or anywhere else).  Stop worrying about who is watching—God is watching and we’re singing for Him!  Give your best for the Audience of One.  Celebrate before the Lord with a grateful and humble heart.

It also applies to how we live every day.  When you realize what the Lord has done for you—like David, you are chosen and blessed in Jesus—our entire life becomes a celebration before God, one long act of worship.  I want to live each moment as an act of worship to God, giving my very best to Him, doing what He wants as an act of humble gratitude.  

Today, I want to live full on for the Audience of One. 

Prayer: Lord, let me live like David danced—full on, celebrating before You, with no thought of what anyone thinks, except You.