2 Samuel 6:14,15--David was dancing with all his might before the Lord wearing a linen ephod. He and the whole house of Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of the ram’s horn.
The king was excited—no question about it. The prized Ark of the Lord had been brought back to Jerusalem where it belonged, freed from the hands of the dreaded Philistines. As he danced in the streets, David displayed relief mingled with joy! But his wife watching from an upstairs window didn’t share his enthusiasm. In fact, the Bible says she despised him in her heart. When he came home she sarcastically said, “How the king of Israel honored himself today!” she said. “He exposed himself today in the sight of the slave girls of his subjects like a vulgar person would expose himself” (2 Sa.6:20b).
But David wasn’t about to let her sleet on his celebration. His joy was directed to God and he really didn’t give a rip what she thought. Evidently God agreed with him for we read in 2 Sa. 6:23 that his wife, Michal, daughter of Saul, had no children to the day of her death.
When I think of enthusiasm, I can’t help but remember the Black Hats of Airborne School. Now those sergeants had verve! “You soldiers are moving like pond water!” “Get up ladies! What ‘cha wanna be girls!” When it came to creative uses of the English language to motivate people—the Black Hats ruled! Of course, who wouldn’t be enthusiastic getting paid to drop people for push-ups.
There’s something powerfully motivating about being around people full of uncontained joy. I didn’t say unrestrained for some times enthusiasm is rightfully bottled. I’m speaking of those whose joy is in the Lord no matter what life throws at them.
When’s the last time you cut loose with a powerful chortle? Are you guilty of walking in the hard clay trench of hum-drum? Have your eyes grown accustomed to forming critical crosshairs so everyone in your path fears becoming the next target? Ah drop it! Take a moment and grab a deep breath of air! In fact, get a life! Go find a linen ephod and pick a street to dance in! After all, God loves you. He gave you the awesome privilege of life. He honors those who dance for His glory and God knows we need more dances! Something to think about . . . in reveration!
Enthusiasm means, to use the phrase of a German mystic, “intoxicated with God,” filled to overflowing with God, no spasmodic spirituality about us but a perennial source of freshness making us a delight to our Lord and a channel of blessing to all with whom we come in contact.—Oswald Chambers in God’s Workmanship
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)