The threat to David’s throne from his own household was now over. His adversary was dead and those who once cheered for David’s demise were relegated to misery until their sins would end their days. If that was not enough, after three months of waiting, the king was ready to return the ark of the Lord to its’ home. This time, the king would make sure all precautions were taken to ensure God’s blessing and to protect his people. Wearing a ephod, dancing, sacrificing, trumpets sounding, David brought the ark home.

Not everyone was happy with this slow, loud, ornate, spectacle of a parade. David’s wife, Michal, reacted in disgust, jealousy, and disapproval of her husband. Perhaps her father, Saul would have been more dignified. Kings just don’t act that way. A king doesn’t dance “with all his might.” Kings are thoughtful, respectable, powerful, and most of all dignified. Or are they?

David recognized that the true King was the Lord of the ark. He was moving a possession of the Lord to the prescribed location. David had learned the lesson from three months before when the Israelites treated the ark as if they were delivering a random package. Reflecting on the death of Uzzah, David knew he was moving a sacred symbol of the Lord’s presence and it had to be done in the manner and with the “reverence” God required.

David teaches us through his unbridled worship that our goal is not to look the part by being dignified, reserved, and acting kingly. Instead, we are to do what God commands in reverence and with all our might.

Today, dance with all your might in exactly what God directs you to do and do not worry about others’ concerns for your motives or impressions. For after all, you have a King to serve!

by Robert Riggs, Elder

No Comments






no tags