Crazy for the Lord

2 Samuel 6:14-15

David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the LORD with all his might, while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouts and the sound of trumpets.

Depending on your church, dancing may or may not be acceptable during your worship, or at any other time for that matter.  That is a separate issue for discussion – here the focus is on David’s dancing.

Dancing might not seem out of place, especially given the joy surrounding the return of the ark of the LORD.  But the context tells us that this is an unusual situation.  The next devotion discusses the embarrassment by David’s wife over his dancing.  It wasn’t that David was a bad dancer, it was what he was wearing that was the problem.  In this case, David is essentially dancing around in his underwear.

Why David did this isn’t totally clear.  The ephod would have been lighter than the robes of a king and enabled him to dance more freely.  It wasn’t as though David was exposed but rather unencumbered by normal clothes.

David’s dancing may appear as craziness but it was pure jubilation to him.  He didn’t care about anybody’s opinion of him but God’s.  In verse 22 he tells his wife Michal, “I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes.”  We should follow David’s example and worship as we feel God moving us to worship, not worrying if we’re more boisterous, or less crazy, than those next to us.

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