Scripture Reference: 1 Samuel 4-6, 2 Samuel 6
A lesson in worship.
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: 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?
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.
MATT: Dagon was dis-armed.
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.
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.
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.)