I have been reading in the Bible about David gettin’ jiggy wit’ it (that is dancing for my less hip readers). It is really interesting to me that what caused David to break out into dance was the ark of the covenant which represents God’s presence and promise. II Samuel 6 is where you will find the story. The same story is also told in I Chronicles 15. David was leading the nation of Israel in praise not because of what God had done, but because God had come (back). He assigned people to play the instruments. LOUD! (vs. 28)
I began reading the follow up to this story (I Chronicles 16-17) and was so freakin’ blessed by it that I just had to share. In chapter 16, David assigns people to lead the nation in worship to God. Then he writes a song that he gives to the people to play and sing. You have to read it (verses 7-36)!
Then in chapter 17, David gets convicted! This always happens when we come into the presence of a perfect, holy God. He was convicted by the fact that he was living in a beautiful cedar palace and the ark of the covenant was under a tent! Then Nathan, David’s right hand man who was in touch with God, had a vision from God that would confirm what needed to be done. Basically, Nathan came back and told King David that the Lord never required a permanent place. He also told David that God was going to make his name as famous as anyone who had ever lived on the earth. God also promised to protect His nation, Israel. He then promised to bless David’s family and set up a dynasty of kings. One of Davids’ sons, Solomon, would be the one to build the temple for God.
I am blown away by David’s response in 17:16-22. He basically prays and says to God, “Who am I that You, the one true living God, would care for my family in this way?”. David was humbled by God’s generosity! I think David is amazing, but obviously he was struggling with his deserving these blessings. He said that God was treating him like he was something great.
As if this wasn’t enough, in verse 18 David is speechless about the way that God has honored him. The kicker to this whole deal is that God knows what David is really like. God knows what we are really like and blesses us anyway! We do not gloat in that. We are amazed at that!
You have got to go read this and ask God to rattle you with it!