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2 Samuel 6; 1 Chronicles 13

Two storylines catch my eye – the transportation of the ark and the dancing before the Lord.

I wonder, with David asking everyone if it was okay to bring the ark back to Jerusalem, why he did not ask how he should do it. It never struck me before, but his choice of delivery was not the Mosaic Law, but the way the Philistines had moved the ark – by cart. This ultimately ended in someone’s death.

It amazes me that it does not matter whether it was the right decision or how demonstrative the celebrations were, it was not God’s way.  What else am I doing that follows the traditions of people as opposed to what and how God wants me to do it?

 And they carried the ark of God on a new cart and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. And Uzzah and Ahio,[a] the sons of Abinadab, were driving the new cart,  with the ark of God,[b] and Ahio went before the ark. And David and all the house of Israel were celebrating before the Lord, with songs[c] and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals. – 2 Samuel 6:3-5  ESV

I have found myself, from time to time, dancing before the Lord wholeheartedly. I can say that it is an amazing form of worship for me and I feel that no one is around when I dance in His presence. However, I can also say that I have had people say negative things about it and many make comments that I do not need to repeat.

And David returned to bless his household. But Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, “How the king of Israel honored himself today, uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants’ female servants, as one of the vulgar fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!” And David said to Michal, “… I will celebrate before the Lord. – 2 Samuel 6:20-22  ESV

Father, it would appear that I could be doing something wrong and I believe You are looking to me to spend time with You and make sure I am getting Your instructions. It would also appear that I am getting things right too. Help me not hear the voices of those who have words to give me that are not Yours. Thank You.

Erwin (evanlaar1922)



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Leviticus 23; Psalm 30; Ecclesiastes 6; 2Timothy 2

Relaxation and rest. Reflection and confession. Good food and stories. Offerings, parties and celebrations. Loud music, camping and community.  God set aside such days, weeks and years as being holy and sacred.  The Jewish calendar had rhythm and purpose. Sabbath rest, refraining from work wasn’t an option. It was a command. It was a call home to hear the tender voice of God, an invitation to relax in the time and space he created to pour out his healing and presence. It was a time of remembrance. A time to tell stories of God’s wild love for his people.

Life doesn’t have to be that “same old grind.” I want my days to have that same kind of sacredness, joy and creativity as the Jewish calendar.  I want to set aside the time to celebrate celebrate what God’s done and is still doing by sharing  meals and conversation with friends and family. When I  go to church, I can push away the events of the week long enough to let the sound of voices and instruments praising God wash over me and set my attention on him. I want to take the time to be still long enough to soak in the fact that He loves me no matter what. There are an infinite number of ways, large and small to celebrate God’s love. I pray I am more intent on celebrating.

When the hard days arrive, God’s grace will be at work and I can agree with the Psalmist who wrote, “You turned my wailing into dancing. You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!” Psalm 30:11-12.


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