David knew God needed to be at the heart of Israel’s worship so he gathered up 30,000 men and went to retrieve the ark of the covenant. David brought the ark “home” to reside with the people and it brought great joy. David’s heart was so moved that he danced with all his might before the Lord. The song “Undignified” speaks of this – one lines days, “nothing Lord is hindering this passion in my soul.”
Of if I could just live my life that way! To be passionately sold out for God and to joyously allow my love for Him to fill all I do… that would be life! The song also says, “lay my pride by my side.”. This is where I get stuck. I think others do too. We let ourselves get in the way of truly worshiping and living for God. All I need to do is lay my pride aside and allow God’s lead to be my guide.
I worry about the Michals in my life. Michal is David’s wife and Saul’s daughter. When she saw David dancing unrestrained before the ark, she despised him. She was old-school, raised in religion, not in faith. Her heart was hard towards this open, exuberant show of love for God. She was dignified and proper.
The song begins, “I will dance, I will sing, to be mad for my King.”. The verse ends with, “and I’ll become even more undignified than this”. May I be like David – willing to live and dance with all my might for the Lord of my life and the salvation of all mankind.
Scripture reference: 2 Samuel 6: 1-5 and 12b-19