Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Come on And Dance

Scripture Reference: 1 Samuel 4-6, 2 Samuel 6

A lesson in worship.
Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. – 1 Samuel 13:7
JEFF – the worship leader
MATT – doesn’t know how to worship


(During City on Our Knees, the first song, MATT becomes less and less involved in the song. This continues until the song ends.)

JEFF: (looking at MATT, who ignores him) I want to see everyone singing this next song.

(During Big House, MATT completely stops singing and sits down. After the song…)

JEFF: Mr. Matt, what are you doing?

MATT: What? I’m singing. Didn’t you see my lips move?

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

MATT: Yeah, but it’s kinda embarrassing. I mean, singing in front of people. What if they hear my voice? I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket. And as far hand motions and dancing around, I don’t think so.

JEFF: But you’re not suppose to be singing to any of these people.

MATT: (stage whisper) There the only ones here.

JEFF: You’re suppose to be singing to God.

MATT: Oh, yeah. But singing and raising your arms and dancing around is kinda… girly.

JEFF: What about a football player who dances in the end zone after a touchdown? Are you saying Marion Barber and Felix Jones are girly?

MATT: Well, not to their faces. But that’s football. Aren’t you suppose to be quiet and dignified in church?

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

MATT: Yeah, but…

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

MATT: Who?!?

JEFF: David.

MATT: David who?

JEFF: King David, who’ve been studying.

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

JEFF: That’s the one. A few weeks ago we talked about how the Philistines had captured the Ark of the Covenant and placed it in a tent with an idol.

MATT: Carrie Underwood?

JEFF: What?

MATT: Daughtry? Jennifer Hudson?

JEFF: Not American Idol. A statue of their fish-god Dagon. When they came in the next morning, Dagon was lying on the ground.

MATT: I guess he wasn’t an idle idol.

JEFF: They put it back up, but the next morning it was on the ground with its arms and legs broken off.

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

JEFF: Right.

MATT: Dagon was dis-armed.

JEFF: Yeah.

MATT: I guess he didn’t have a leg to stand on.

JEFF: Any more?

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

JEFF: Are you done now?

MATT: Um… Yes.

JEFF: Thank you. So the Philistines sent word to David to come get the Ark, because Israel’s God was more powerful than Dagon.

MATT: Sweet!

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

MATT: Kinda like the Polka Festival.

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

MATT: He was naked?!?

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

MATT: I bet the people loved that.

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

MATT: Ouch!

JEFF: 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 of this might.”

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

JEFF: You got it.

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

(During Come on and Dance, MATT sings whole-heartedly and even dances.)

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