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praise and worship!

     The last two days in our WellSpring Bible Reading Plan we read of an incredible moment in Israel's history in 1 Chronicles 14 & 15. The Lord confirmed David as King of Israel. The Lord gave Israel victory over the Philistines. David led Israel in building and preparing a special place for the Ark of God!

Victory! Victory! Victory!

     There is a moment that I want us to pay attention to in verses 25-29. Here we see that they are moving the Ark to Jerusalem and the people are celebrating! The Scriptures say that King David himself was "skipping about and laughing with joy!" As they moved the Ark to Jerusalem they sang shouts of praise and joy! They blew ram’s horns and trumpets, crashing cymbals, and they played harps and lyres! They worshipped the Lord and sang praises to Him! 

     But as all this was going on the scriptures also tell us that Michal, David's wife, was not a part of the celebration. The Scriptures say, "Michal... looked down from her window. When she saw King David skipping about and laughing with joy, she was filled with contempt for him." Other versions of Scripture say she was disgusted by him. That she despised him.

     David was willing to look foolish in the eyes of others as he expressed his thankfulness to God with his whole heart and Michal wanted none of it. Michal was disgusted by his actions. Michal is the daughter of the previous King Saul. In King Saul's reign worship had deteriorated... worship had became constrained and ritualistic. So when King David expressed his thankfulness to God in such a childlike way, she was appalled. Her choosing to be appalled kept her from rejoicing in this incredible celebration and victory! Her heart pulled her away from worship and celebration. 

     WellSpring, guard your hearts for they are the WellSpring of life! Let us not have a heart like Michal, but instead let us posture our heart as David did. With a heart full of joy and gratitude. When we express our thankfulness to God in worship and praise with our full heart we may look foolish to others. But you know what?... Who cares! Let'em see us as foolish!

1 Corinthians 2:14

People who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.

     Only those who are spiritual can understand this bottle of thankfulness that is inside of us filled to capacity and wanting to be poured out in its fullness of expression! The cap is ready to be ripped off and our hearts are ready to shout in joy of worship to our God! If this means that folks will see me as foolish. Well... I'll wear it with joy and gladness! Call me the foolish one!

     WellSpring, I want you to join me today in looking foolish! Boldly praise Jesus today! Turn up your favorite song of worship to Him! Sing louder today to Him! Dance a little more in celebration of Him! Express the fullness of your thankfulness to Him today! Let it be loud and proud because... WE ARE HIS FOOLISH ONES!