Friday, August 28, 2009

David danced, why shouldn't we?

Is it just me, or did the summer fly by? It seems like yesterday I was attending my cousin's funeral, uh, I mean, wedding in May and having a water fight with the youth group in June. Summer was a blast and brought us (the youth group) many highlights in addition to our massive water fight. The big highlight was on August 8th when the we went to Davenport, IA for the Rock the River Tour. We not only got to hear some great music, but got to see and hear Franklin Graham preach. It was truly a privilege to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ proclaimed to thousands and thousands of people. The Holy Spirit moved in that place, and moved in the hearts of my teens. A couple of them even rededicate their lives to Christ.

And to that, I say, "hallelujah"!

Think of the joy that accelerated through these two kids hearts when they rededicated their lives to Jesus! They experienced a rejuvenated sense of passion for their savior that probably made them want to dance. And not like Kevin Bacon in Footloose,
but more like that of King David in 2nd Samuel chapter 6.

You may remember that story. David was exuberant beyond measure because the Ark of the Lord had been brought from the house of Obed-Edom to Jerusalem. And as the Ark of the Lord entered the City of David, he (David) was seen leaping and dancing before the Lord.

David's joy couldn't be constrained.

His wife was appalled with the way he presented himself, but David said to her, "I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes." I think the only way he would've "become even more undignified" was if he adorned himself in '70s garb, broke out a disco ball, and threw on "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees.

David's effervescence is a perfect archetype of how we should worship God in our lives.

Just think of all the amazing things He has done for you. Think of how much grace He has showered upon you. Think of how much mercy He has provided for you (they're new every morning). Think of how much love He has shown you. Think of what He has sacrificed for you.
So, where's your joy level? Reflecting upon God's spiritual blessings in your life should make you jubilant, not a Debbie Downer.

It's okay to be joyful, it's okay to have a merry heart, and it's okay to parade both your joy and your merry heart. Just make sure you work on your dance moves.

1 comment:

  1. Proverbs 15:15b.....1 of my favorite verses....but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.