Undignified? Not exactly something we aspire to, is it? Before man and God, we avoid making fools of ourselves at all cost. But David was different.

As the ark of God was being brought back into Jerusalem, David danced before the Lord with all his might, holding nothing back in celebration of the ark’s return to the City of David.

Watching the king leap and dance like a peasant in the streets, his wife despised him in her heart. Michal’s contempt was as unrestrained as David’s worship. Scorn met him at the door that evening  . . .
How dignified Israel’s king was today! He was exposing himself before the eyes of the slave girls of his palace staff, like a mindless fool might expose himself! 2 Samuel 6:20

Michal’s disdain could not diminish David’s wholehearted worship before God—not in the public sphere nor in his personal decorum. Why?

Because genuine humility, true surrender and deep worship go hand in hand. David did not bow to Michal but only to the Lord.

I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. v21-22

The manifestation of unrestrained worship may offend the sensibilities of others. But are you willing to be sold out, all in, and undeterred by the judgment of men?

Where on the spectrum of worship are you between all in participant and standby observer?

Dignified or undignified?

Restrained or free?

What does your private practice of worship look like to God?

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