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David: God's Song and Dance Man
By Pastor John

Among all of the men of the Bible, the one most associated with the worship of the Lord was David.

David danced before the LORD with all of his might as the Ark of the Lord was brought to Jerusalem. David didn't care about being dignified. All he cared about was worshipping God with his whole heart and being.

2 Samuel 6:14-18
14 David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the LORD with all his might, 15 while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouts and the sound of trumpets. 16 As the ark of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, she despised him in her heart. 17 They brought the ark of the LORD and set it in its place inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and David sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before the LORD. 18    After he had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD Almighty.

Praise and worship of God are main themes in the many psalms (songs) written by David. Here are a few examples.

Psalm 29:2
2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.

Psalm 95:1-7
1  Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
2  Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
3  For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.
4  In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him.
5  The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
6  Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;
7  for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.

Psalm 100:1-5
1  Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2  Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
3  Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4  Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
5  For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

David worshipped God even during bad times, such as when his infant son had died.
2 Samuel 12:19-20
19 David noticed that his servants were whispering among themselves and he realized the child was dead. "Is the child dead?" he asked. "Yes," they replied, "he is dead." 20    Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate.

Jesus tells us that we must worship God as well.
Luke 4:8
8 Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'"

John 4:23-24
23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."

"Jesus Christ is not valued at all until He is valued above all." Augustine

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