Tag: 2 Samuel 6:14-23

Holy fear and passionate worship

Scripture reading for March 26: 2nd Samuel 5-7

King David had a heart for God and His presence.  David was a psalmist, musician, and worshiper who knew God by personal experience.  David desired to bring the Ark of God back to Jerusalem and it was set it on a new cart pulled by oxen and guided by Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab the priest.  David and the men of Israel were celebrating with all their might before the Lord, when the oxen stumbled and Uzzah reached out to steady the Ark.  God struck Uzzah dead and the celebration ended abruptly! (2nd Samuel 6:7)  David was both angry and afraid of the Lord!  (2nd Samuel 6:8-9)

After some careful research, David again decided to bring the Ark back to Jerusalem.  This time the Ark was carried on the shoulders of the priests as God’s law commanded!  David sacrificed to the Lord a bull and a fatted calf.  He took off his kingly robes and put on a linen ephod and danced before the Lord with all his might.  The house of Israel followed with the sounding of trumpets and loud shouting.  As the procession entered the city, Michal, David’s wife, saw David dancing and leaping before the Ark and despised him in her heart.  She judged that he was putting on a show for the women.  As a result, she became barren and was judged by the Lord for her disrespect! (2nd Samuel 6:20-23)

2 Samuel 6:14-15 “And David danced before the Lord with all his might. And David was wearing a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the horn.”

  Are you giving God “all your might” in worship and service?  How would you describe your desire to have God’s presence in your heart? What is your attitude towards others who are passionate in worship and express themselves?

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