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She Didn’t Like the Way He Danced / It Is Not About Me
2 Samuel 6:17-23
1 Chronicles 15:25-29

I came upon these statistics recently – maybe this is why my dad used to say to my brother “church won’t kill you so get up”:      
FOR SAFETY’S SAKE . . . ( source unknown)

Do NOT ride in automobiles: they cause 20% of all fatal accidents.

Do NOT stay home: 17% of all accidents do occur in home.

Do NOT walk on the streets or sidewalks: 14% of all accidents happen to pedestrians.

Do NOT travel by air, rail, or water: 6% of all accidents happen on these.

ONLY ... .001% of all deaths occur in worship services in church, and these are related to previous physical disorders. Hence, the safest place in the world for you to be; at any time is church.

Bible study is pretty safe, too. The percentage for safety is greater, there is even less.  Go to church! IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE!

Last week I shared with you my own personal purpose statement:  To Be Dedicated to Sharing Christ Love, to Cultivate and Nurture Spiritual Growth in Myself and Others, and to Worship God.  This morning I would like us to look at an example of worship in the Old Testament.

Tucked away in the life of King David is a story about his marriage to Michal, King Saul’s daughter, and the Ark of the Covenant, an object of worship.   Let me set the stage for you.

I.    We pick up the story of King David and fellow worshippers.  The Scripture tells us that David took off his royal garments and put on a clean linen tunic and led the procession of priests into Jerusalem – as led the procession he danced with joy.

1.  Everything in him exploded.  He was all over the place.  

                  -  He didn’t elevate himself
-  He didn’t put himself above the Ark
-  He was more interested in worshipping
-  David led by example
-  He was one of the worshippers
-  And he danced – “O did he dance.”

E.    Michal on the other hand:
-  She remained an observer - A critical one at that
-  Maybe she a had a good reason – headache, busy running the King’s household
-  But she didn’t approve – she was disgusted with his exuberant dancing
-  Michal scorned
-  A daughter of a king watched her husband who was now the king dance
-  Her daddy wouldn’t have stooped so low

F.  After the celebration was over David couldn’t wait to get home to share the good news of the worship service and that the Ark was where it needed to be.  When David got home his “loving” scornful wife was waiting at the door.

1.   2 Samuel 6:20 Michal sarcastically said to David "How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, disrobing in the sight of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!"

2.   David’s response was every bit as pointed as Michal’s sarcasm.  2 Samuel 6:21-22 "It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord's people Israel--I will celebrate before the Lord.  I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor."

3.   When the heart of worship meets human skepticism there is an eruption.
-  Worship is about God.
-  “I didn’t dance for you or anyone else, I danced for God.  I don’t care about what I looked like I was dancing for God.

4.   If you really want to know why I am King and your Father isn’t it is because I worship God first and your dad worshipped himself.

II.   Application – there is an application here – the truth is that it is never about us it about worshipping God: 

Our focus must be on loving the Lord passionately.   “If worship does not change us, it has not been worship.” Richard Foster.

Participation is required!! 
Soon there will be a Super Bowl MVP and they will say something about going to Disney World.  It would be great if that MVP would say – “Before I go Disney World I am going to Church to worship God and give thanks.”

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