2 Samuel 6:12-15 (NRSV)-
12 It was told King David, “The Lord has blessed 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; 13 and when those who bore the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling. 14 David danced before the Lord with all his might; David was girded with a linen ephod. 15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.
Psalm 33:1-3 (NRSV)-
1 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous. Praise befits the upright. 2 Praise the Lord with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings. 3 Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.
Coming into God’s presence while recognizing the magnitude of his holiness is both a spiritual and emotional experience. That is, fully experiencing the depths of our relationship with our heavenly father permeates through every aspect of our being. As such, it should be celebrated.
There is no better place to celebrate and experience our relationship with God than in worship. Singing, dancing, and raising our hands are all part of worshipping God. And, the Old Testament is filled with stories of God’s chosen people singing and dancing before him.
While bringing the Ark of the Covenant from the house of Obed-Edom to Jerusalem, despite what others may have thought or how he looked, David was not concerned with his dignity. Rather, he embraced the magnitude of God’s presence. In doing so, he danced before the Lord with all his might. As he danced, not only did he rejoice, but all the house of Israelshouted and praised the Lord with song and the sound of the trumpet.
God does not care how we look or sound as we sing, shout, rejoice, and dance before him. Rather, he only cares about our hearts. So, when we dance, raise our hands, shout, and sing, we are giving praise and honor to him. As such, like David who danced while girded with a linen ephod in the presence of all of the House of Israel, we should not worry about how we look, sound, or who might see or hear us.
Today, regardless of what others may think of us, let’s ensure that our hearts are focused on God, fully experience the depths of our relationship with him, and celebrate the magnitude of his holiness by praising and dancing with all our might.
Heavenly Father God, the magnitude of your presence and holiness is amazing and awe-inspiring. So, we come to you asking that you teach us to focus our hearts upon you. As we do so, please guide us to dance, rejoice, shout, and sing before you with all of our might. In doing so, like King David, we ask that you help us to fully experience your presence by laying aside our concerns over what other people may hear or think about us. All of this we pray in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen!