Week 18 Tuesday

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.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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