Worth Dancing About
Today’s scripture selection: Second Samuel 5-9
Key verse: Second Samuel 6:16
I’m not much for dancing – I seem to always, sooner or later, get one foot tangled up with another. It’s not pretty. I suppose that’s why during high school years, if I went to a dance at all, I tended to hang around the punch bowl. But some things – well, they are just worth dancing about.
When David was made king, and then brought the Ark of the Covenant – that most sacred item to Israel – to Jerusalem, he danced with all his heart. The scripture describes it this way:
“Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.”
The nation was celebrating – and David, the people’s king was the life of the party.
But not everyone appreciated that.
His wife Michal, daughter of Saul, watched from a window with a scowl on her face. And when she saw David leaping and dancing before the Lord she “despised him in her heart.” Later she told him, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!” Party pooper.
But David wouldn’t hear of it. He simply said that it was before the Lord he celebrated. And that there was nothing wrong with that.
There’s an important spiritual lesson to be found there.
We should be un-ashamed and bold when we “celebrate before the Lord” as well. When we consider all God has done for us, and for all the world, we should let nothing – certainly no self-consciousness – get in the way of celebrating. Let the party begin – and let the party poopers beware.
Some things are just worth dancing about – especially God’s love.
Prayer: Lord, may I always dance in your presence, thankful for you and all my blessings. AMEN.