Read it!: 2 Samuel 6
I will become even more undignified than this,
and I will be humiliated in my own eyes.
But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.
Think it through:
When I was a child, my Dad and a family friend named Ray performed at various church services as the “special music.” In fact, they still do on occasion! The two of them would sing and play guitar, and one their regular songs was “I’ll Be a Fool for You, Jesus.” (You can check out the lyrics here if you’d like.) The older I get, the more I understand what they were singing about.
David knew. He “danced before the Lord with all his might,” celebrating the return of the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. His wife despised him for it, dwelling on appearances rather than David’s heart of celebration. When faced with her criticism, David replied that he would look even more undignified and humiliate himself even further in order to truly celebrate before the Lord.
Do I worry about appearances when I celebrate before the Lord? When I worship in church, am I wholeheartedly praising God, or is there a part of me that’s thinking about how I look to others? Maybe I’d raise my hands or dance more if I was fully in the moment with my Jesus. Or maybe that’s just not “me.”
Either way, I’d like to find out.
Live it like you mean it:
How much do you think about your appearance to others during worship? Decide to try something new this Sunday! If you’re a hand waiver/dancer, try to quite your heart and body in reverence to the Lord. If you usually stay still and quiet, show Jesus some of your joy!
I need to keep my mind and my heart focused on God, and forget that there are others around me! I’m going to focus on praising God in front of an audience of one this Sunday and see what happens.
Lift it up:
My Lord, I want to celebrate Your works with my whole heart. Please help me to lose my self-consciousness and be fully in Your presence in Your house of worship…indeed everywhere that I am! I want to be a fool for You, Jesus! Amen
Update! April, 2015: So this Sunday I was really into singing and praising and I let loose a bit. I raised my hands to shoulder level and danced—just a little— and instantly my hubby teased me about it. I turned red and felt like an idiot. (And he obviously felt badly that he’d teased me, poor guy.) I thought, Ok, that’s it. I’m never doing that again. I’m just a singer and that’s the way God made me. I’m out. Back to standing still with my hands on the back of the chair in front of me. Forever.
Then when the song was done, our worship leader talked to the congregation about this very issue! He said something like, “You’ll notice that some people are raising their hands or dancing… that’s just a physical expression of our worshipful hearts, our joy at receiving the grace God gives us all.”
So maybe I’m not out after all. I do have a lot of joy about the grace God’s given me, and it may come spilling out again! As in all things, I’m a work in progress…
Tell Me About It:
Are you a hand waver or a dancer when you worship? Am I the only one who can feel self-conscious about that?
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