I wonder why we believers can be so self-conscious about expressing emotion in our relationship with the Lord? Unless we are emotionally crippled, we’re not self-conscious about expressing emotion in our important human relationships. We’re usually not self-conscious about expressing emotion at funerals or weddings or other significant events in our lives. And we’re sure not self-conscious about expressing emotion at a sporting event.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the man God used to compose the majority of Israel’s songbook (described as a man after God’s own heart) was so passionately expressive in his own worship.
And David danced before the Lord with all his might… And David returned to bless his household. But Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, “How the king of Israel honored himself today, uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants’ female servants, as one of the vulgar fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!” And David said to Michal, “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 make merry before the Lord. I will make myself yet more contemptible than this. (1 Samuel 14a, 20-22a)
The NIV reads, “I will be even more undignified than this.”
What a statement. It prompts all kinds of questions in my mind.
- How closely does our attitude mirror David’s?
- How closely should our attitude mirror David’s?
- How different would our worship be if our attitude was like David’s?