He couldn’t contain his joy; the gratefulness in his heart was spilling out. As the Ark of the Covenant was being brought to Jerusalem, the emotional thankfulness David felt oozed out of him.
In his pure delight, David poured out his heart before God in worship. Taking off his royal robe, 2 Samuel 6:14 tells us that he “danced before the Lord with all his might.” (NIV)
Pure worship. Adoration that was not held back by the opinions of others.
That’s my prayer this morning. That like David, the joy, gratefulness, and pure delight in Jesus, my love, will ooze out and I will not contain it. Whatever that looks like, wherever I am and no matter who I am around, the Holy Spirit living in me will pour out worship to my King.
So what will be the “royal robes” in my life that I will have to set down; to unload, in order to worship Him purely?
Public opinion, to be sure. My desire to look like I have it all together, fear of what others will think. My own comfort.
A small price to pay to give back to Him who has given me everything! Will I look like a fool? Will I appear less professional? Possibly. Probably.
But in the end, what do I really want more? The approval of others, which matters little or the opportunity to bring joy to the One who has brought all joy to me.
As Spurgeon said, “No doubt, there are particularly nice and dainty people who will censure God’s chosen if they live wholly to his praise, and they will call them eccentric, old-fashioned, obstinate, absurd, and I don’t know what besides. From the window of their superiority they look down upon us.”
I say “So be it”; will you join me?