Prayer Focus: Colombia

Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 5:11-6:23; 1 Chronicles 13-16

Scripture

David said to Michal, “It was before the LORD, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed  me ruler  over the LORD’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the LORD.  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.” And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.  (2 Samuel 6:21-23)

Observation

It is easy to be misunderstood. Our motives are sometimes called into question. Nevertheless, in this incredible account, David is rebuked by his wife, Michal, for passionately worshiping God and dancing before the LORD. He was not trying to seduce slave girls. He was not seeking attention for himself. Instead, he cared nothing about what others—even his wife—thought of him. His audience was the LORD and he was willing to look undignified before men if it meant an authentic expression of praise to God.

Application

Last night at the Great Lakes District Conference, the song Undignified was sung. The lyrics are drawn from this passage. It is a lively expression of unbridled worship. Tambourines and other instruments were distributed to the gathering of people from dozens of different churches, some of which have probably never utilized such tools or even energy in their worship gatherings. The sight of children dancing, singers smiling, drums beating, and people praising was deeply inspiring to me…and undoubtedly a blessing to the LORD. Oh that we would all worship an audience of One without regard to how foolish we may look in the eyes of others.

Prayer

Dear God, please forgive me when I have concerned myself with what others think about me, even in worship gatherings. I want to be a man after Your own heart, as was said of David. Clearly you were blessed by David’s actions (and displeased with Michal, causing her to be barren after this incident). I want the freedom to dance, sing, serve, and do whatever it takes to express my love and adoration to You (though appropriately to distract others from engaging with You). You are worthy of ALL of my worship, praise, attention, dance, song, thought, attitude, and energy. I love You, LORD!!!

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