Summary: Here's a sermon that deals with the way we worship the Lord. King David provides a good example.
Afraid To Look Foolish?
12Now it was told King David, saying, "The LORD has blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God." So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with gladness.
13And so it was, when those bearing the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, that he sacrificed oxen and fatted sheep.
14Then David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod.
15So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet.
16Now as the ark of the LORD came into the City of David, Michal, Saul's daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.
17So they brought the ark of the LORD, and set it in its place in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it. Then David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.
18And when David had finished offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts.
19Then he distributed among all the people, among the whole multitude of Israel, both the women and the men, to everyone a loaf of bread, a piece of meat, and a cake of raisins. So all the people departed, everyone to his house.
20Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, "How glorious was the king of Israel today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of the maids of his servants, as one of the base fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!"
21So David said to Michal, "It was before the LORD, who chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel. Therefore I will play music before the LORD.
22And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight. But as for the maidservants of whom you have spoken, by them I will be held in honor."
23Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.
As we pick up the story of David’s life today,
the Ark of the Covenant has been return to the Hebrew people.
David was afraid to bring the Ark into Jerusalem
because of what happened to a man named Uzzah.
As they were bringing the Ark to Jerusalem on a cart,
the cart nearly tipped over
and Uzzah touched the Ark in an effort to keep it from falling.
Uzzah was instantly struck dead.
For 3 months the Ark
was kept in the house of a man named Obededom.
While the Ark was there,
the Bible says this man and all his household were blessed.
David hears about this blessing of the Lord
so he decides to bring the Ark into Jerusalem.
As they are bringing the Ark,
David dances joyfully in front of the Ark.
His wife Michal sees David doing that
and thinks he is acting foolishly.
Here’s a question for you.
What do you think is the #1 fear of most people?
According to the results of a survey
the #1 fear is speaking in public.
Now, what do you think is the #2 fear?
The #2 fear is death!
O.K. Why would speaking in public be the #1 fear
and death be #2 Fear?
Well, it appears that most people would rather die
than speak in public.
It’s because they are afraid of looking foolish!
I think all of us of us are afraid of looking foolish.
It’s that fear of foolishness
that kept us from raising our hand in class at school
because our answer might be wrong.
It’s the fear of foolishness
that keeps us from volunteering to lead the singing in church
because people might laugh at our voices.
And it’s the fear of foolishness
that keeps us from worshipping God the way we could.
The Bible has several stories about people who looked foolish.
Noah looked foolish building an ark.
Sarah looked foolish getting ready to have a baby at age 90.
The Israelites looked foolish
marching around Jericho blowing trumpets.
David looked foolish attacking Goliath with a slingshot.
Peter looked foolish stepping out of the boat onto the water
in the middle of the night.
But that’s faith.
Faith is the willingness to look foolish
and God blesses that faith.
Noah was saved from the flood.
Sarah gave birth to Isaac.
The walls of Jericho came tumbling down.
David defeated Goliath.