Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Worship - Part 1

Scripture Reference: 2 Samuel 6
David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the LORD with all his might. - 2 Samuel 6:14
A skit that demonstrates that we should worship with all our heart.

Pam - Worship Leader
Jeff - Person who doesn’t know how to worship


(During the first worship song, Jeff becomes less and less involved with the song.)

Pam: (looking at Jeff, who ignores her) I want to see everyone singing this next song.

(During the next song, Jeff completely stops singing and sits down.)

Pam: Jeff, what are you doing?

Jeff: What? I’m singing. Didn’t you see my mouth moving?

Pam: Praising God is more than just moving your lips. It is thanking God for being our Provider. It is thanking him with your whole heart.

Jeff: Yeah, but it’s kind of embarrassing. I mean, singing in front of people. What if they hear my voice? I don’t always hit all the right notes. And moving around? I am not the most graceful guy. I could trip over a cordless phone.

Pam: You’re not suppose to be singing for any of these people.

Jeff: There’s no one else here.

Pam: You’re suppose to be singing for God.

Jeff: Oh, yeah. But singing and dancing around is kind of… (whispering) girly.

Pam: What about a football player who dances around after making a touchdown?

Jeff: Okay, but it’s kind of undignified to do it in church. Aren’t you suppose to be quiet in church?

Pam: Yes, there are times when we need to be quiet. We don’t want people up dancing around while Pastor Ty is preaching, but there is a time to celebrate God.

Jeff: Yeah, but....

Pam: What if I told you that I know a famous warrior who danced for God?

Jeff: Who?!?

Pam: David.

Jeff: David? The David? King David? David-and-Goliath David?

Pam: Yes. In 1 Samuel there is a story about the Ark of the Covenant being stolen by the Philistines and placed in a tent with an idol.

Jeff: Kelly Clarkson?

Pam: What?!?

Jeff: You said it was placed in a tent with an idol. Was it Clay Aiken?

Pam: Not an American Idol! A statue of their god Dagon. When they came in the next morning, Dagon was lying on the ground.

Jeff: I guess it wasn’t a very idle idol.

Pam: They put it back in place, and the next morning, it was on the ground with its arms and legs broken off.

Jeff: Talk about it costing an arm and a leg.

Pam: Right.

Jeff: I guess it didn’t have a leg to stand on.

Pam: Any more?

Jeff: One more: Did anyone give him a leg up?

Pam: Are you done now?

Jeff: Um.... Yes.

Pam: Thank you. So the Philistines send word to David to come get the Ark, because Israel’s God was more powerful that Dagon.

Jeff: Sweet.

Pam: David led thirty thousand men to get the Ark. The all danced and sang and played instruments all the way back.

Jeff: That’s bigger than Mardi Gras!

Pam: King David took off his kingly robes and celebrated with everyone else.

Jeff: He was naked?!?

Pam: No, he was dressed like everyone else, because he wanted to be just part of the parade. It was about God; not him.

Jeff: The people probably all loved that.

Pam: Well, not everyone did. His wife Michal thought it was vulgar and undignified. Because of her attitude, God cursed her.

Jeff: Ouch!

Pam: David, on the other hand, humbled himself. He didn’t praise God to impress anyone or to show how spiritual he was. He wanted to celebrate God’s provision. 2 Samuel 6:14 says that David “danced before the Lord with all his might.”

Jeff: And the Bible says that David was a man after God’s heart. I guess this was part of the reason why.

Pam: You got it.

Jeff: Okay, if David can do it, so can I. Let’s praise God!

(During the next song, Jeff sings whole-heartedly – maybe even dances.)

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