David’s dance before the Lord was not elegant, or properly timed as would seem conventional. No, his arms were flailing about and he really didn’t care what it “looked like” or if he was an embarrassment to his wife. All he was after was to give his worship and praise to the Lord. It was God who applauded David’s worship, and even went so far as to say that, “David was a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will” (Acts 13:22).
It set a precedent for the style of worship that the Lord desires from us: worship with our whole heart. If we are so keenly aware of others that we hold back our praise and worship, we are likely to miss the deeper workings of the spirit in our life. Anyone can attend church, meet and greet a few friends or guests, and settle in to warm a pew, and wait with our mouths opened like birds waiting to be fed as the sermon is delivered.
It takes more commitment to fully understand what the Lord desires of us. He hungers for all of our worship and praise. Unfortunately, in today’s church, we are so distracted by social events and schedules, that our focus is more centered on where we might go for lunch when we dismiss, than on how many souls will be reached as a result of our praise. Lord, help us to open our eyes of understanding.
It matters if we are invested in a worship service. It matters if we are open to obey the Lord as he directs us to invite praise into our lives. To worship creates an atmosphere where the Lord can send ministering angels to meet the needs of his people. We may never know the full impact of our worship, but it is important to give all our praise and worship so that nothing hinders the workings of the spirit in precious lives that are searching for him. Lord, remind us of how faithful you are concerning your promises.
In this week’s Lattereign, we are reminded of the value of praise and worship.