Up and Alive devotional

Posted by Chris Sayburn on 11 September 2017

“Gonna dance, gonna dance for you, we don’t care if we look like fools”


The Ark Brought to Jerusalem

6 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. 7 The 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. 11 The 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, 15 while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.

16 As 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. 19 Then 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.

20 When 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. 22 I 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.

2 Samuel 6:1-23


King David is one of my hero’s! There are many reasons for this, one is when he was so captivated with joy in returning the ark home (which symbolised the presence of God) he danced around in his boxer shorts! His wife Michael was so embarrassed, (not because she had a boys name!) but because her husband, the King, was dancing around like a fool! Completely undignified, completely crazy, and more bothered about God’s glory than his own reputation… and I love it!

When was the last time you saw real joy in worship? We sometimes act like we are at a funeral wake rather than a wedding banquet!? Perhaps it’s a British “stiff upper lip” culture thing, perhaps it’s a reputation thing, perhaps we are too mature to be dancing around looking like fools!”. Or perhaps, we are not mature enough to express the full range of emotions God has given us? Perhaps we have not fully grasped the glory we have been born into through Christ. 

I’m not calling for underpants worship but what I am calling for is a Church more interested in God’s glory than earthly reputation.

Let’s remember that in Christ we are no longer “down and out” but up and alive in his love! Our song is one of freedom. For it is for freedom that Christ has set us free! (Galations 5:1) In Christ we receive a “welcome home” from our Father who loves and pursues us. How can this not stir up freedom songs in our hearts and lives? In Christ we are new creations, the old has gone, the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17). This means so much to me in my own life as I know my broken past is redeemed, my future is secure and I can choose life in the present. 

How can this not stir up freedom songs in our hearts and lives? 

Church, let’s never be afraid to show and celebrate the joy of our salvation. Never be afraid to leave “reputation” at the door and remember that all who are in Christ are new creations, we are made clean, made new and it’s all for the Father’s glory. It’s a love only God can bring…

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