May 23
2 Samuel 6:12-19

Dancing with joy

The Lord blessed Obed-Edom and his family while the Covenant Box was at his house. After a few months, when David heard how the Lord had blessed him, he went out with some of his men to fetch it.

Then David and the Israelites took the Covenant Box to Jerusalem with shouts of joy and the sound of trumpets. As the box was brought into Jerusalem, David danced and jumped around with joy. Afterwards, he gave everyone bread, meat and raisins to celebrate the happy occasion.

How can I show my joy in worship?

What do sports fans do when their team wins a nail-biting match? What do you do when you get really excited? Do you feel like jumping up and down, or shouting out aloud?

If you get excited about praising God, you might find it difficult to sit completely still and not even tap your foot. That is how David felt when the Covenant Box came home. He was overjoyed and so was everyone else. The people were shouting with joy and blowing trumpets.

God loves it when we get excited about Him, just as He gets excited about us (Zephaniah 3:17). When you worship God, you can clap (Psalm 47:1); you can sing and shout (Psalm 108:1); and you can make music and dance (Psalm 149:3). You should remember, though, that your worship should be honoring to the Lord. You should never become disrespectful by the way you show your enthusiasm.

David’s wife, who was watching him as he entered the city, was not happy with the way he danced in front of everyone. But David did not mind about what she thought, and he was not embarrassed by what he did, because he was dancing to honor the King of kings.

Verse for today

Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord. Ephesians 5:19