Friday, June 19, 2009

2 Samuel 6

Lots of cool stuff in this chapter. First of all, God smiting people who carried the Ark wrong. They don't say exactly why in this version of the story, but over in 1 Chronicles they include David's acknowledgement of fault by not first inquiring of the Lord the proper way to carry it. Why are we so cocky? God was clear in writing here and here about how to honor His Ark. He's clear as day about how we should live to. But just like David, we often just charge right into things without inquiring of the Lord. God's Word holds the answers to the principles that should guide our life. And in specific situations, His voice will lead us. But we just don't ask. We just throw the Ark on a ox cart and call it good. But we can't act surprised then when we find ourselves "smitten."

That's all great, but far and away my favorite part of this chapter is David getting undignified. What do I do that really is undignified? Even if I'm one of only a few that raises my hands in worship at church or sings at the top of my lungs, I don't feel embarrassed about it. Probably closer to proud. But have I ever felt the urge to jump or kneel and talked myself out of it? Yeah. Many times. Maybe I don't notice what a dork I look like when I lead Toon Town on Saturdays. (If you ever come to watch, bring crackers. You'll need it for as cheesy as I get.) But is that really a big deal?

Are there other ways besides abandon in worship that I need to throw off my robes and caution to the wind and get undignified. Am I humiliated in my own eyes? Am I taking heat for it? Does anyone really despise me for it? I'm going to be on the lookout this week for ways God leads me into opportunities to really feel the pressure of getting even more undignified than this.


Bea said...

Amen, girl.

Walking with God looks very little like the world system.

hilda said...

Hi Kendra, I read this a few days ago and wanted to share it with you. ------- "As I considered that I might be risking my reputation as a pastor by putting down these
horrific details of my life, God reminded me that I don't have a reputation to risk. All the holiness or righteousness that anyone might see in me as Pastor Bob belongs totally
and completely to God. I am His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works
that I simply walk in (Ephesians 2:10). None of it belongs to me. What does belong to me,
I am too ashamed to claim."