Take a moment to open this time in prayer. Ask God to bless you as you read and reflect on the text. Read 1 Chronicles 15: 25 – 29 This passage tells the story of King David bringing the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. (If you would like further background please read all of chapter fifteen.) As the King and the people were bringing up the Ark, they were worshiping God. But they were not worshiping in the same way that we worship on Sunday morning. The Bible says that David and the people were worshiping with shouts, dancing, and music that by description would be loud. This was not a one-time event because in 1 Chronicles 13:8, King David and the people worshiped in the same way. Both of these passages remind me that worship should be a celebration and there is always a reason to celebrate and praise God.
Please use the following questions for more reflection.
a. When you read this text what captures your attention and why?
b. How would you compare the worship in the passage with our worship on Sunday morning? Should this passage be instructing us about our own worship time?
c. Why do you think Michal despised King David in her heart? Was this his issue or her issue? Have you ever despised anyone because of how the person chose to worship God? Have you ever been despised or corrected in worship?
Closing - Use the prayer below to end the devotion or close in prayer in your own words. Gracious Heavenly Father, I thank you for the joy exemplified by King David in his worship. Lord, it certainly seems like he was worshiping you with all of his heart. Lord, teach us to worship you in spirit and in truth and if we need it, please teach us how to dance before you. Amen.