By Peggy Lively

I heard a sermon last week by John Durham about the life of David. He read from II Samuel 6 where David is bringing the ark of God back to Jerusalem: “Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.” (verses 14-16) His wife Michal saw this and was embarrassed by his behavior. When he returns, Michal confronts him about his actions and his reputation as King. David responds to her accusations by saying, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord.” (II Samuel 16:21)

Durham pointed out with this response that, “David had a joy that made him forget about himself. He threw away image management.” I love the way he phrased this because so many times we are unintentionally focused on ourselves: worried about how we look, how people perceive us, and what they think about us. David was so filled with the joy of the presence of the Lord that he totally forgot about himself. Durham also pointed out that, “Realizing we are chosen by God brings liberating joy.” David pointed this out in his response to Michal in verse 21: “It was before the Lord who chose me.” He recognizes his value, his worth and the joy that comes from knowing he is chosen by God.

If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior and Lord, you too are chosen by God. Let this knowledge fill you with liberating joy so that you can forget about yourself.

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (I Peter 2:9)

One Response to “Liberating Joy”

  1. Nikki Says:

    It strikes me as I read your post that much of the Christian life is “forgetting about self” and how much I need to work on this very point! Thank you for this encouragement and such a new/fresh perspective on David’s worship/joy in the Lord. I have a feeling this is something that I will be thinking about a lot!

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