Read: 2 Samuel 6:1-23
Key Verses: 2 Sam 6:22
Thoughts: We see two important things in this verse. Let’s start with the second one first! David’s wife attacks his worship based on what others might think. Isn’t this the same way the enemy attacks us? “People are watching. They think you look stupid. No one else is raising their hands or jumping. Everyone thinks you’re weird.”
David, like a true worshiper, let’s his wife know that he is not interested in judgmental glances of religious people. He is only concerned with one thing, pleasing God. But he adds to it this thought. Those who you think are judging you are often in awe of worship they see and end up having a deep respect for it. This is NOT why we worship, but its a good reminder when the enemy tries to whisper those dumb thoughts into your mind.
Do you tend to back off worship when you think people may be watching? Are you normally the first person to lift their hands or to dance and shout, or do you tend to wait for others to pave the way?
Quote: “God directs his people not simply to worship but to sing his praises “before the nations.” We are called not simply to communicate the gospel to nonbelievers; we must also intentionally celebrate the gospel before them.” – Timothy Keller
Prayer: God, please forgive me for ever caring more about the thoughts of others than the fact that You deserve my worship. Help me to focus on You alone during worship. Please lead me into radical, intimate encounters with You this week!