Summary: Our worship of God should not depend on the externals or critics, but based on who He is to us and what He has brought us through. That is why we can worship anywhere - despite who is looking or not looking. Our worship should be in spirit and in truth.
DAVID SERIES: A MAN AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART - PART 15: DANCING IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD
2 SAMUEL 6: 1-2 Then David mobilized thirty thousand special troops and led them to Baal-judah to bring home the Ark of the Lord of heaven who is enthroned above the Guardian Angels. 3 The Ark was placed upon a new cart and taken from the hillside home of Abinadab. It was driven by Abinadab’s sons, Uzzah and Ahio. 4 Ahio was walking in front 5 and was followed by David and the other leaders of Israel, who were joyously waving branches of juniper trees and playing every sort of musical instrument before the Lord - lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets, and cymbals. 6 But when they arrived at the threshing floor of Nacon, the oxen stumbled and Uzzah put out his hand to steady the Ark. 7 Then the anger of the Lord flared out against Uzzah and he killed him for doing this, so he died there beside the Ark. 8 David was angry at what the Lord had done, and named the spot “The Place of Wrath upon Uzzah” (which it is still called to this day). 9 David was now afraid of the Lord and asked, “How can I ever bring the Ark home?” 10 So he decided against taking it into the City of David, but carried it instead to the home of Obed-edom, who had come from Gath. 11 It remained there for three months, and the Lord blessed Obed-edom and all his household. 12 When David heard this, he brought the Ark to the City of David with a great celebration. 13 After the men who were carrying it had gone six paces, they stopped and waited so that he could sacrifice an ox and a fat lamb. 14 And David danced before the Lord with all his might and was wearing priests’ clothing. 15 So Israel brought home the Ark of the Lord with much shouting and blowing of trumpets. 16 (But as the procession came into the city, Michal, Saul’s daughter, watched from a window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she was filled with contempt for him.) 17 The Ark was placed inside the tent that David had prepared for it; and he sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings to the Lord. 18 Then he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of heaven 19 and gave a present to everyone - men and women alike - of a loaf of bread, some wine, and a cake of raisins. When it was all over, and everyone had gone home, 20 David returned to bless his family. But Michal came out to meet him and exclaimed in disgust, “How glorious the king of Israel looked today! He exposed himself to the girls along the street like a common pervert!” 21 David retorted, “I was dancing before the Lord who chose me above your father and his family and who appointed me as leader of Israel, the people of the Lord! So I am willing to act like a fool in order to show my joy in the Lord. 22 Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, but I will be respected by the girls of whom you spoke!” 23 Therefore Michal was childless throughout her life (1 Chron 13 & 15).
Intro: David: Man After God's Own Heart (Pt 15) Dancing In The Presence Of God
Illustration: Benny Hinn Crusade & Child; Princess & Fombah Grandchild.
What Is Worship? Dictionary meaning says “the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity”. Christian Worship is the reverence and adoration of God. Worship Matters To God. Often, we allow personal distractions to get in the way. Sometimes we go to church, but we don’t worship. We sing songs, but we don’t worship. We listen to sermons, but we don’t worship. We serve in a ministry area – but don’t worship. We give to God but don’t worship. All of these things are elements of worship, but they are not worship in and of themselves, which means that you can do all of them and yet have failed to truly worship God unless it is done in Spirit and in truth. John 4:21 Jesus says: “Woman, believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is a Spirit, and his worshipers must worship in Spirit and in truth.”
1. First, Worship Is Done In An Attitude Of Spirit Done Individually & Internally. Thus it can be done all the time regardless of place or situation. Because it is done in the spirit the worshippers can only link to God when they are born-again. Worshiping in the spirit has nothing to do with our physical posture, but with our innermost being. 1 Corinthians 2:11 No one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God”. The Holy Spirit within us is the one who energizes worship.