Why do we Care?
2 Samuel 6:1-2 (NRSV)-
6 David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. 2 David and all the people with him set out and went from Baale-judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the name of the Lord of hosts who is enthroned on the cherubim.
Yesterday’s reminder that, when it comes to conflict resolution, “it is not about us” prompted me to start thinking about worship.
As a society, we have become so concerned about our appearances and what other people think. And, these concerns have permeated into our worship. So much so, that when we gather as the Body of Christ, many of us want to remain dignified and are reluctant to stand, clap, raise our hands, sing loudly, and shout the occasional “Amen!”
If worship is about God and not about us, why do we care how we look and what other people think? Could it be that we are so focused on ourselves that, even in the presence of God, we are reluctant to shout with joy?
For the remainder of the week, these thoughts will be focused on how David worshiped when the Ark of the Covenant made its way to Jerusalem. In doing so, we will look at how David responded to God, his people, and his wife.
Today, in an effort to assess how we respond to God and other people, let’s take a candid and honest look at ourselves and determine how much of our time is spent trying to remain dignified and caring about what other people think.
Father God, please help us to stop putting on airs and trying to impress other people. Please teach us to stop caring about what other people think. And, please guide us to lay aside our “dignified cards”. In doing so, please teach us to respond to you with dancing, joy, and songs. And, please help us to be real by responding to others in the same manner. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!