April 22 |Daily Devotion

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Lectio Divina

“Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.”
~2 Samuel 6:14-15

The Lord is with David and blesses him. The Philistines test the monarch, a typical reaction to a new ruler on a throne, and are soundly defeated. Twice. Moreover, David accomplishes something no tribe, judge, or ruler before him did. He takes the great city of Jerusalem from the Jebusites. Jerusalem is dubbed the City of David, and the king builds a permanent palace there.

David shows his gratitude for all of God’s blessings by bringing the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. This was a royal act akin to a modern political leader attending worship right after his inauguration. David is making a statement: I long for God’s presence and blessing in my kingdom; I will worship Him and Him alone. But do not hold in your mind the austere image of a modern president, surrounded by dignitaries, reverently praying in the Washington National Cathedral. David is the opposite of austere. He discards his royal robes, and wearing the clothing of the common man, he dances with the people in praise to God. This is no perfunctory procession! This is real worship. David thanks God for all that He has done on his behalf. This is a day to sing and dance with all his might. When he is rebuked by his own wife for acting in a manner that is beneath him, he responds (and I paraphrase): “You ain’t seen nothing yet.” No one would dampen David’s passion for God! This king devotes much of his life to writing music and singing to his God.

Has God done great things for you? Has He blessed you in some way? Has He brought you through tough times? Has He been faithful to you? Worship Him with great joy! I’m not saying you have to embarrass yourself or those around you. In fact, our worship should not distract people from God, but rather direct people toward God. (Some people think that anything goes in worship. No! One of the reasons we have worship leaders is to direct us!) Our worship should be intensely emotional because isn’t God greater than anything else in this world? Greater than the things and people we usually get emotional about? Sing to Him, clap to Him, raise your hands to Him. Go ahead and sway to the music’s rhythm in praise to God. Never let detractors dampen your delight in Him!

Lectio Divina is written by F. Lionel Young III, who serves as the senior pastor of Calvary Church in Valparaiso, Indiana. He is the author of A New Kind of Missionary, a popular introduction to global Christianity.