Modern day sports fans get pretty excited and 'celebratory,' to put it mildly (I am not talking about the degeneration into hooliganism, just the celebration aspects of modern fans). It can be pretty contagious, to be in the stands of either some professional sports team or even your kids local soccer league. I speak from experience.
In Christianity, some traditions are pretty mute, and tend to the contemplative side of things. That can be appropriate in many circumstances. And even where there is a tendency or tradition of getting more excited, we can be exerting efforts to dampen things down, to not let our enthusiasms get out of control. That too can be appropriate.
But in 2 Samuel 6 in today's readings, dancing and celebrating before the LORD is the order of the day.
At verse 5, we read "And David and all the house of Israel were celebrating before the Lord, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals."
At verse 16, we read: "King David leaping and dancing before the Lord," and at verse 21b-22, "and I will celebrate before the Lord. 22 I will make myself yet more contemptible than this."
David was celebrating, and nothing would hinder him. And he was in the right, judging from the consequences of Michal's rebuke that befell her.
We know from Psalms as well, there is much commendation of dancing, singing and celebrating before the LORD. Psalm 146:1-2 reads "Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul! I will praise the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being." Psalm 147 and 148 continue in the same theme: praise the LORD. And there are many more.
Praise the LORD, for our reflection today. Is there anything we might praise the LORD for? A song? A little dance?
Derek Butler - I am a Christian, husband, father, son, brother, friend, reader, et al, all inadequately. This blog is a tool to encourage daily bible reading, for myself and others.
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