Worship Conflict…for Whom or What Are You Dancing in Your Boxers?

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King David danced in his boxers at least twice.

The first account is recorded in 2 Samuel 6 when David and his men brought the Ark of the Covenant (the symbol of God’s presence) back to Jerusalem.  David was so overcome that he danced before the Lord with all his might in reckless worship.  His complete abandon caused David to dance right out of his clothes, completely disregarding how he was dressed or what others might think.

The second account is found in 2 Samuel 11 when David observed a beautiful woman, Bathsheba bathing on her roof and summoned her to his house.  David was so overcome that he danced before Bathsheba with all his might in reckless worship.  His complete abandon caused David to dance right out of his clothes, completely disregarding how he was dressed or what others might think.

Both dances were profound acts of worship.  In both instances David was so focused on the object of his affection that his clothes inadvertently fell to the ground.  The only difference in the two dances was who or what was being worshiped.

Worship conflict occurs when the object (for whom or what we are willing to dance) is anyone or anything other than God the Father through His Son in the power of the Holy Spirit.  The subject (how we dance) can be varied as long as the subject never becomes the object of our affection.  Dancing to the tune of what I want, what I deserve, what I prefer, what I like, and what my tradition calls for is one of the dances David danced…and one we continue to dance thousands of years later.

Dance, dance, wherever you may be

I am the lord of the dance, said he

And I lead you all, wherever you may be

And I lead you all in the dance, said he

“Lord of the Dance” Sydney Carter

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