My church has been thinking a lot recently about worship and what the Bible says about it. In particular, we’re looking at the life of King David. David isn’t heralded as a great king because of his military prowess or because he followed all the commandments of the law. Quite the opposite, David is celebrated because he recognised how far short he fell of living the perfect life. He extravagantly worshipped God out of a place of deep thankfulness for his unconditional love.
2 Samuel 6: 14-15 describes such a scene of extravagant worship before the Ark of the Lord:
“14 Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, 15 while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.”
If David, who fell so far short of perfect (he was a murderer and adulterer) lived in a posture of humble worship, how are we to respond? Romans 8 says that no one is separated from the love of Christ Jesus, no matter what they’ve done, and Jesus said that our primary response to that love should be to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, mind and soul. So let’s follow David’s example and worship God for His love given unconditionally to us. It doesn’t have to look like David, dressed in a linen ephod dancing in the street. It could look like praying the Psalms, David’s songs of worship, or it could look like dedicating the work of your mind to God, in response to His love for you. Whatever it is, don’t let anything you have done hold you back for worshipping your Creator. It’s what you were made for.