There you are standing in Church as the music plays. The lyrics on the screen are connecting with what God has been teaching you that week & everything in you wants to respond in praise. Only one problem, your best friends, significant other or just people you know are around. What will they say? What will they think about you? How will you look if you respond to God through raising your hand, doing the holy shuffle, kneeling to pray or even just singing really loud?
Unfortunately, our worship is typically constrained by what other people may think about us instead of unleashed based on our desire to respond to our Almighty Creator! We get a glimpse of how people may view our worship in 2 Samuel 6. The ark of God is coming to the city of David & a huge celebration breaks out…led by King David himself 2 Samuel 6:14-15. David was moved by the presence of God being brought to Jerusalem & responded with dancing unhindered & with all he had. What joy must have been in his heart as he worship the God who had been with him, delivered him & directed him to many victories! David’s response was right on and his people were right there with him!
Not everyone was on board with David though. Michal, David’s wife, viewed his dancing as embarrassing, improper & vulgar. David came home to bless, but was met with a wife who despised him & his actions. Michal presented her case against her husband. David gave Michal a different perspective. The dancing & worship she didn’t approve of was not for her benefit. The celebration was for an audience of 1…the ONE…GOD. David explains the celebration will not stop, in fact it will probably make David look even more undignified than what he just looked like (2 Samuel 6:21b-22)!
David has it right. Many of us require the same perspective change that Michal needed. Worship is for an audience of ONE…the ONE who knows us, the ONE who loves us, the ONE who has given Himself for us, the only ONE worthy of our worship-The LORD GOD ALMIGHTY!
So next time you find yourself holding back in responding to God, due to other people’s perceived reaction…DON’T worship their opinions…WORSHIP GOD WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT!