Read 2 Samuel 6:12-22
David said, “I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes.”
— 2 Samuel 6:21-22 (NIV)
While my family lived overseas, we attended an international church. We were all committed followers of Christ but came from different countries and church backgrounds. One woman’s way of expressing her love for Christ was an example of our different approaches to worship. During the music, she went to the back of the congregation; and with tambourine in hand, she started to dance while the rest of us sang.
I was bothered the first time I saw her do this. I wondered what she was doing and felt uncomfortable because dancing was not part of my idea of worship. My initial thoughts about her dancing were similar to Michal’s response when she saw David dancing before God. I saw dancing as undignified and inappropriate for a worship service.
Michal told David her feelings. After reading David’s response, I realized that the dancing woman expressed her devotion to God by giving herself and her gifts to God without reservation. She didn’t care what people thought; she worshiped God with all her mind, power, and soul. I want to do the same.
Matthew L. Reger
Thought for the Day: Is God my sole focus during worship?
Prayer: Dear God, help us to make pleasing you the focus of our worship. Amen.
Prayer Focus: To worship God without reservation
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