Letting Loose

There is a song that youth have been singing for a while now.  It is called Undignified http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQeNVXY6ZIc by David Crowder.  When I have been with junior highers there has been some slam-dancing and the church becomes a mosh pit.  Is this okay?  The church when I was growing up emphasized a stoic worshiping God in ‘spirit and in truth’ where dancing was abandoned in the New Testament in their interpretation.

Looking at David in 2 Samuel 6, I don’t buy it.  How are you able to let it all go in worship?  How can your inhibitions be removed?  Do you care enough?

2 Samuel 6

1 David again brought together all the able young men of Israel—thirty thousand. 2 He and all his men went to Baalah[a] in Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the Name,[b] the name of the LORD Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim on the ark. 3 They set the ark of God on a new cart and brought it from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab, were guiding the new cart 4 with the ark of God on it,[c] and Ahio was walking in front of it. 5 David and all Israel were celebrating with all their might before the LORD, with castanets,[d]harps, lyres, timbrels, sistrums and cymbals.

6 When they came to the threshing floor of Nakon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled. 7The LORD’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down, and he died there beside the ark of God.

8 Then David was angry because the LORD’s wrath had broken out against Uzzah, and to this day that place is called Perez Uzzah.[e]

9 David was afraid of the LORD that day and said, “How can the ark of the LORD ever come to me?” 10 He was not willing to take the ark of the LORD to be with him in the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. 11The ark of the LORD remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and the LORD blessed him and his entire household.

12 Now King David was told, “The LORD has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of the ark of God.” So David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing. 13 When those who were carrying the ark of the LORD had taken six steps, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf. 14 Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the LORD with all his might, 15while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the LORD with shouts and the sound of trumpets.

16As the ark of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, she despised him in her heart.

17 They brought the ark of the LORD and set it in its place inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and David sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before the LORD. 18 After he had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD Almighty. 19Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins to each person in the whole crowd of Israelites, both men and women. And all the people went to their homes.

20When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”

21 David said to Michal, “It was before the LORD, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the LORD’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the LORD. 22I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.”

23 And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.

Questions

  1. What was to be moved and why?
  2. Why did David become afraid?
  3. How does David’s outward action both display obedience and passion?
  4. Does God want to see movement in your life?
  5. How do you display outward commitment and passion?
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About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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12 Responses to Letting Loose

  1. Jessica Gentry says:

    1. The ark was to be moved because it was to be with David, byt after what happened to Uzzah he did not feel worthy to have the arl come to him and so he had it go to the house of Obed-Edom.
    2. David became afraid because when Uzzah touched the ark the Lord had him killed, which brings to light one is to fear God and have such reverance for him, something that David feared he was not worthy of.
    3. David’s dancing displays his obedience to the Lord in rejoicing in Him, and it shows his passion for God’s will to be done.
    4. Yes, I think God wants us to have movement in our lives, because His love and His ways are so great that when truly understood should not allow for us to not be changed or moved.
    5. I display outward commitment and passion by being joyful in the Lord, by allowing Him to transform the way I treat people and the way I live my life. I also show commitment to Him in my commitment to studying His word.

  2. Sokloon Dy says:

    1. The ark of covenant was to be moved to Jerusalem because it would provide a central place of worship for all Israel.
    2. because of what happened to Uzzah, he was not willing to take the ark with him.
    3. He danced with his might to show that he was glad to bring the ark into Jerusalem.
    4. Yes, because of His unconditional love towards me.

  3. Cassie Clark says:

    1.The ark was to be moved so that it was in its rightful place in Jerusalem.
    2.Because he revered God’s presence in the ark.
    3.He sacrificed in honor the ark and danced before the Lord.
    4.Yes. He wants me to move increasingly toward Him.
    5.Through the way I spend my time.

  4. Rebecca Langer says:

    1.What was to be moved and why?
    the ark needed to be moved because it was far better placed in Jerusalem where everything else was.
    2.Why did David become afraid?
    Because a Uzzah touched the ark and then he died.
    3.How does David’s outward action both display obedience and passion?
    He showes that he didn’t care what other people thought of him, only that the Lord was pleased. And by offering cattle he expressed his obedience and his love for god.
    4.Does God want to see movement in your life?
    Yes, I think he wants to see me be changed and to see me grow in passion.
    5.How do you display outward commitment and passion?
    I show it by jumping up and down and squealing…. and by going above and beyond the requirements just because I want to.

  5. HeeJin,Choi says:

    1.What was to be moved and why?
    – The Ark of the Lord was to be moved in Jerusalem for David to serve the Lord better.
    2.Why did David become afraid?
    – Because God is way too holy for man to serve.
    3.How does David’s outward action both display obedience and passion?
    – David sacrificed offerings and he showed his passion for God by dancing before the Lord.
    4.Does God want to see movement in your life?
    -Yes, he really does. I need to step out.
    5.How do you display outward commitment and passion?
    – Committing that come close to Him with His word.

  6. Kendalle says:

    What was to be moved and why?
    The City of Jerusalem was moved because it was not in a central location .
    Why did David become afraid?
    Because of God’s power and might
    How does David’s outward action both display obedience and passion?
    David danced before the LORD and gave offerings
    Does God want to see movement in your life?
    IDK
    How do you display outward commitment and passion?
    Writing poems and songs to the LORD

  7. Moon Jung Kim says:

    1.What was to be moved and why? The ark was to be moved because it was not in Jerusalem where was the central place of the nation.
    2.Why did David become afraid? God struck Uzzah down, and he died because of his irreverent act. like this David knew the ark was God’s sacred one, so he was afraid of that if he took the ark with him could be irreverent to God.
    3.How does David’s outward action both display obedience and passion? He gave offerings which displays obedience and had dance which displays his passion.
    4.Does God want to see movement in your life? YES! i think so…
    5.How do you display outward commitment and passion? I worship Him and share His greatness to others.

  8. Kristin Goffinet says:

    1) The Ark of the Lord was to me moved, because David had prepared a place for it.
    2) David feared the Lord because he witnessed God’s wrath poured out on Uzzah for touching the Ark.
    3) David showed obedience through offerings and waiting to move the Ark until the Lord’s timing.
    4) I think God always wants to see us moving in closer fellowship and relationship towards him.
    5) I display committment and passion through serving the Lord and being committed to meeting together with other believers.

  9. Sandra Tindle says:

    1. The Ark of God was to be moved so that it could be in the City of David.
    2. David became afraid because God struck down Uzzah for touching to Ark when the oxen stumbled.
    3. David’s outward action displays obedience because He follows God’s commands regarding the Ark, and his passion is displayed through his dancing and celebrating in front of God without caring what other people think of him.
    4. God wants to see movement towards Him in my life.
    5. I display outward commitment and passion by learning about God and his word, and by worshiping him and spending time with him, and through singing and dancing.

  10. Grace Yoo says:

    1. The ark of God was to be moved because it was not in its right place.

    2. David became afraid because God poured out His wrath on Uzzah because they touched the ark.

    3. David’s outward reaction shows both obedience and passion because David follows what God tells him to do and he also dances which shows his passion.

    4. God wants to see movement in my life by having me become closer to Him.

    5. I display outward commitment and passion by always being for my friends and trying to be a good listener. I also try to keep everything confidential.

  11. aaron wright says:

    1 the ark was to be moved
    2. the Lord killed Uzzah for touching the ark
    4. yes God always wants me to be spiritually growing in faith and trust in Him
    5. I choose not to take part in worldly passions in pursuit of a deeper expression of love for God

  12. HyeJin Lee says:

    1.What was to be moved and why?
    The ark was to be moved because it was supposed to be in Jerusalem.
    2.Why did David become afraid?
    Because God killed Uzzah for not treating the ark in the right way.
    3.How does David’s outward action both display obedience and passion?
    David sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf when the people who were carrying the ark of the Lord took six steps.
    4.Does God want to see movement in your life?
    when I do not act in how i’m supposed to act
    5.How do you display outward commitment and passion?
    I try to write my commitment down and take an action.

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