Dance As David Danced

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 16: 14)

Let me set the scene. The Ark of the Covenant, built as a symbol of God’s presence and glory, had been lost and forgotten for some seventy years. Kept in the house of Abinadab, David sought to restore the Ark to the city of Jerusalem, so that all Israel could worship the Lord in one place.

It was one of his long dreams, one of his passions, to have the Lord’s people have a place to worship Him and remember His covenant with them. It seemed that every obstacle possible was being set in the path of this dream, and for a while he was even worried that he would not be able to bring it to the City of David.

But finally the day had arrived. After the long months and struggles, the Ark had finally arrived in Jerusalem! And David, in great excitement and in thanks and praise for the Lord, leaped and danced. He didn’t care that he could have looked ridiculous, his main concern was show his thanks and worship to Him who had blessed David.

Remember that at this time that David was King of all Israel. Some would even say that this was not behavior suited for a King, that he was ridiculous and undignified. But David did not care. This was worship without limits, something he was offering up to His Lord out of an overflow of love and gratefulness for the goodness of God. Nothing would stop him, not the people who thought he looked silly, or even his self-consciousness.

How amazing it is to worship in this way. Without reservations. Without limits. Without a care in the world except to show the proper worship to the One who deserves everything we have to give.

Have you ever experienced this kind of worship and gratitude? What holds you back from this kind of expression of faith and worship? Can you worship like this in public? Do you worship Him like this in private?

May the Lord bless us all with the faith and heart to be able to dance as David danced!

9 Responses to “Dance As David Danced”

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  1. Innocent - February 23, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Yes it’s very wonderful to praise the Lord God with dance. but most of the time I, myself can’t afford to praise him in public, it’s like I feel strange when I do it in public. so I’m learning how to do it.
    Thank you very much for sharing…
    Be blessed

    • christine laboy - May 4, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      dear Innocent…..HE MAKES ME BRAVE!!! and He will do that for you if pursue Him like He pursued you….

    • Any random person - May 26, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      There’s a time to praise the Lord in private and in public
      When your in a public area just thank the Lord for everything that he does for. Ignore everything that’s going on around you and just “let go and let God”

  2. Teresa Johnson - February 24, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Yes, I remember praising and worshipping god on lunch break at work. I thanked the Lord for a early retirement not realizing what I had said. The next year retirement opportunity came up and I grabbed it. What a mighty god we serve.

  3. mary - March 9, 2016 at 12:18 am

    i always do it even in public i dnt care what pipo tink,tho it looks as if i have gone mad,but when one pays attention to the song or praises,one can tell ,its all about God,you have no sense of shyness,its so overwhelming,awesome

  4. Queen Smalls - April 10, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    At one point in my relationship with God the Honeymoon period) I just didn’t care. I conspicuously praised and danced for Him anywhere in the streets. I really miss that. Now, I am much more reserved. Thanks so for this article, a great reminder to shout from the rooftops how good He is.

  5. Carol Leonard - May 4, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    I would like some information where i can find in the Bible the difference about the old law and the new law and what we are to be following. I have alot of confusion about this. If you could help I would greatly appreciate it. Bible references, good book I could buy……Thank you and God Bless

    • Lindsey Gabice - July 11, 2016 at 5:33 am

      Go to John chapter 13:34, in fact read the whole book of John to get a better understanding. I love Jesus ohhhhh he is the most beautiful gift that ever happened to mankind. Study to be approved of God.

  6. Nketia Emmanuel - June 17, 2016 at 4:26 am

    God is so wonderful that u have to praise & worship him in ridiculous or madness way weather is in public or privite u have to done it because he deserve it . I dont know why people become so gentle in the presence of God ,look the whole king Devid (the apple of the Lords eyes)was ridiculous in the presence of God how much U & I. In short i will advise all to stop gentility in the presence of God & worship & praise him like King Devid did. God bless u.

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