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One of the catalysts for this series of posts was a sermon my pastor preached a couple of weeks ago.  I’d like for you to listen to it for a couple of reasons: 1) It’s just a great message and you’ll be encouraged and edified by it; and 2) He makes a point near the end that’s relevant to this series.  I sincerely hope you’ll download and listen to the message.

The sermon text is Isaiah 12, and it’s about making an appropriate response to the God of our salvation.  Throughout the chapter God’s people sing and shout and give thanks because of God’s great salvation.  In the last verse the inhabitants of Zion are commanded to “Shout, and sing for joy, …for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”  They were to respond with joyful shouting and singing precisely because God was great in their midst.

And that is exactly why David danced with all his might before the Lord.  Would anyone argue that David’s totally uninhibited response to the grace and goodness of God was inappropriate?  (Actually, one person did, and was cursed for it.)

It seems more likely to me that what is inappropriate is our failure to sing and shout and dance and weep and fall down and shed our dignity in response to the amazing grace and power and glory of God.

(Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5)