Lord of the Dance

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Express your worship to God wholeheartedly, regardless of what others think. Learn more from a study of 2 Samuel 6.

Pray:

Lord, may we recognize Your holiness and worship You in a manner that is pleasing to You.

Read:

2 Samuel 6:1-23

Reflect:

What is your reaction to God's response to Uzzah?

The Ark of the Covenant was holy and should not be touched, which is why Uzzah died touching it (7). Although Uzzah had good intentions, his act was contrary to God's earlier instructions (Num. 4:15) and therefore was seen as an act of disobedience and disrespect to God. Uzzah's disobedience to God proved that respect for God's holiness was essential to the well-being of the community.

Sometimes the effects of sin are immediately recognizable, as in Uzzah's case where death was the instant result. Sometimes sin's consequences can take years to surface. At first, David is angry about the death of Uzzah (8), but this soon changes to fear as he realizes the power of God. We, too, should never forget that God is holy or lose respect for his awesome power.

David's fear soon gives way to rejoicing as he accompanies the Ark into Jerusalem (12-15). He knows that the Ark represents God's presence, bringing blessing to the people of Obed-Edom (11) and now to the city of God itself. It is enough to make him want to leap and dance before God, in spite of what his wife might think (16,20).

Apply:

Express your thanks and worship to God wholeheartedly, regardless of what others think.

Pray:

O Lord, I long to be where Your presence is manifest. You are altogether beautiful and altogether good.

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