We were created to worship God. Our bodies are living instruments, voices and percussion all in one. Yet, many of us miss out on building a special intimacy with Christ because we worry our singing voices will offend. Personally, I believe God hears the heartstrings of a person. Worship comes from the heart. But if still not convinced, we are told to make a joyful noise. This includes clapping and outward expressions of praise.
“ Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.” Psalm 98:4 (KJV)
King David knew how to worship. In chapter 6 of 2 Samuel we read that, “David danced before the Lord with all his might.” This was not a half-hearted attempt of worship. King David exerted energy in his outward expression of love and awe.
So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with gladness. And so it was, when those bearing the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, that he sacrificed oxen and fatted sheep. Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet.” 2 Samuel 6:12b-15 (NKJV)
In Psalm 100 we are encouraged to enter His courts with praise, to come before His presence with singing. The praise we offer is an outward expression of our love and gratitude for His sacrifice on the cross.
“Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” Psalm 100:1-4 (NKJV)
Worship is demonstrated in many ways, not just with singing and dancing. When we bow down or kneel, we are taking on a position of worship. When we lift our hands, it is as one of God’s children. We reach up to Abba Father asking to be picked up and held. Or, as when our favorite football team scores a point, we lift our hands in joy and praise.
When Kind David moved the arc of the covenant into the city of David, he was so moved by worship, he wanted to share God’s love with others. He not only blessed his people verbally but he also gave them special food.
“And when David had finished offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts. Then he distributed among all the people, among the whole multitude of Israel, both the women and the men, to everyone a loaf of bread, a piece of meat, and a cake of raisins. So all the people departed, everyone to his house.” 2 Samuel 6:18-19 (NKJV)
One of the special things about King David was his lack of concern over what others thought of his worship. He was not dressed in his royal robes, but rather, in a linen ephod. This was what the Levites, or priests wore. His wife Michal, King Saul’s daughter, rebuffed him for not wearing his royal attire.
“Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, ‘How glorious was the king of Israel today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of the maids of his servants, as one of the base fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!’ So David said to Michal, ‘It was before the Lord, who chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel. Therefore I will play music before the Lord.’”
Like King David, strive to enter God’s presence with humility and a thankful heart. Let us fearlessly worship with all our might, honoring the One who has give us eternal life.