When I was a child I thought like one indeed. I remember as a teen I didn’t like dancing in church or singing out loudly; if I could I wouldn’t even let people see my teeth as I sang! Looking at me, someone might have thought I was shy. Far from it!
I felt it wasn’t “ladylike” to let loose in church. Yes, I was excited to be there but felt too “bougie” to let it rip. Thank God I got over myself! King David on my mind this morning. Warrior king, giant slayer, bear and lion killer, beloved of the Lord, favored and loved by his subjects.
David created a resting place for the ark of Lord in Jerusalem and went to get it from the house of Obededom. As he entered the city with the ark “David danced before the Lord with all his might; … wearing a linen ephod.” II Samuel 6:14
As he danced with joy and careless abandon, his wife despised him. She met him with words dripping with sarcasm and displeasure; “How glorious was the king of Israel today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of the maids of his servants, as one of the base fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!” II Samuel 6:20. Ouch.
To her it was unthinkable for a king to act in such a manner even if it was before the Lord.
In Romans 12:3, Paul cautions us not think of ourselves more highly than we ought to. David remembered where God had taken him from and where He had placed him. He remembered the victories God had enabled him to win. He appreciated the fact that God’s grace and favor had kept him. Really he was a nobody without God.
May God help us to loose our “bigness”, to let go of the exaggerated opinions we have of ourselves. May God help us to always remember that it’s His breath that keeps us alive; that we are mere sinners created from dust saved by grace. These will help us not to look down on others and overestimate our importance. Yes, we are to die for but that should keep us humble, not inflated!
Love, Lady Monica ❤