It's always fun to watch people who are passionate about something or someone. Emotion runs wild and body movements seem uncontrollable. It's as if nothing can stop them from expressing the great joy of being in the presence of that person or thing they love most. Nothing can stop them from worshiping. And in the midst of this true worship, there is no other care in the world than the object of affection before them.
Football season is once again upon us, and football fans are a great example of this type of worship. The fans come out in droves hoping this will be the year for their team to win it all. And to show proper support, these fans are certain to be dressed in team colors, faces painted, and all dignity left behind. And yet there isn't a care in the world about what they look like or how they act. Why? Because their team, in all its glory, is on the field and nothing else matters. And the most devoted of fans will make it clearly known who their team is and that they are sold out for them win or lose.
So what am I getting at?
This morning I read a familiar story in 2 Samuel 6. It's the story of how the ark of God (the physical representation of God's presence) is being carried into the city of David, and as this is happening, King David is shaking his groove thing like he has never done before! The text says, "And David danced before the LORD with all his might. And David was wearing a linen ephod." The modern day equivalent would be dancing in the midst of a huge crowd in nothing but your whitey tighties! And yet David didn't have a care in the world. Why? Because he was in the presence of the always faithful God of Israel.
The story continues on. David's former wife, Michal, attempts to shame David. "How the king of Israel honored himself today..." It was an attempt to embarrass him for his dancing display. But I love what David says.
"It was before the LORD, who chose me above your father and above all his house, to appoint me as prince over Israel, the people of the LORD–and I will celebrate before the LORD. I will make myself yet more contemptible than this, and I will be abased in your eyes."
This is true worship of the only one who truly deserves such worship!
David was so in love with and in awe of his God that he was willing to completely embarrass himself before hundreds. And the greatness of it–the beauty of true worship of the Living God– is that he wasn't embarrassed! I'd dare to even say that it's impossible to become embarrassed when you are truly worshiping the one whom you truly love. David shows us this by saying that he's willing to go even farther and become even more abased in the eyes of his critics if that's what it would take to show his joy of being in the presence of God.
I'm praying to be a worshiper like David. It seems not a worship experience goes by that I'm not thinking more about others and what they might think about me than about worshiping the God who pursued me, chose me, and ultimately died for me. And, by the way, is always present!
Lord, make your presence known to me and let me worship you without contempt.