Friday, November 1, 2013

Embracing the Worship of Others

I Chron. 15:29   But as the Ark of the Lord’s covenant entered the City of David, Michal, the daughter of Saul, looked down from her window.  When she saw King David dancing and leaping for joy, she was filled with contempt for him.

What did Michal see?  She saw her husband totally immersed in worship.  David was not concerned about his position or how other s would think of him.  David was the king of Israel, but foremost, he was a man who loved the Lord and he was filled with joy.  David let his hair down and joined in spontaneous worship of the Lord.

We are not told, but it seems like Michal did not share in David’s faith.  She was the daughter of Saul, and Saul was not exactly remembered as a man of great faith.  She probably was not antagonistic towards faith, but neither was she enthusiastic about it.  It seems like she was more concerned about image than anything else.  What will others think now? 

Sometimes our spouses don’t share in our faith.  They don’t understand our enthusiasm for the Lord.  They may even resent it.  What do we do?   Do we let them determine how we will worship the Lord?  Do we let them influence us to the point where we don’t even worship Him?

If we are honest, we are probably more like Michal than we are David.  We are uncomfortable with anyone who worships the Lord differently than we do.  We shy away from those whom we deem to be “on the edge” or who don’t fit into our understanding of the faith.  We look down on those who are not afraid to show their enthusiasm as they worship God. 

The church is big enough to hold all expressions of worship.  Who are we to say that worship cannot happen in any way other than our way?  Who are we to look down on how others worship the Lord?  Who are we to try to stifle the worship of others?  Let us rejoice with those who rejoice, regardless of how they may rejoice.  Great is the Lord and worthy is He to be praised, no matter how the soul is moved to praise Him.

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