Are You Critical of New Worship Practices? Maybe It’s Time for A Wardrobe Malfunction!

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David DancingIf the initiation of new worship practices in your congregation has caused you to adopt a critical attitude…

If you are intentionally keeping your distance from those new worship practices as an act of defiance…

If you are more concerned with the outside appearance of worship practices than you are with the inside attitude of the worship participants…

Then maybe it is time for you to experience a Wardrobe Malfunction.

When King David and his men brought the Ark of the Covenant (the symbol of God’s presence) back to Jerusalem, He was so focused on responding to God’s blessings (worship), that he danced right out of his robes. With complete disregard for what tradition called for or what others might think, David’s full participation allowed him to dance with all his might in complete humility before the Lord (2 Samuel 6:14).

David’s wife Michal was not nearly as enthusiastic about his new worship practices. In fact, Scripture indicates that Michal “looked down from the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, and she despised him in her heart” (2 Samuel 6:16). Michal’s passive, critical, and distant observation caused her to miss participating in a profound response to God’s revelation.

When Michal sarcastically confronted David and criticized his worship practices, He admonished her with the conviction that it wasn’t for her he danced. Instead, he danced with reckless abandon to celebrate before the Lord (2 Samuel 6:21).

You will never realize worship with all your might as a critical outsider. Worship in spirit and truth is worshiping as an insider with full participation, with unconditional humility, and with complete abandon…even when it might mean dancing right out of your worship robes of tradition, expectation, and preference.

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3 Responses to “Are You Critical of New Worship Practices? Maybe It’s Time for A Wardrobe Malfunction!”

  • Aaron Says:

    Thanks for a fresh biblical view of this subject that has become tiresome, David.

    And Grant: Just as long as you wear the t-shirts & then some.

  • Grant Says:

    Bring out the worship naked t-shirts and bumper stickers.

  • Tom Wideman Says:

    I love this story David. Thanks for the reminder of how critical we can become when we remain aloof, judging other’s worship practices. Also, did you ever notice at the end of this story it says Michal remained barren? A critical prideful spirit is barren and unable to reproduce new life.

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