As the ark of the covenant of the Lord was entering the city of David, Saul’s daughter Michal looked down from the window and saw King David dancing and celebrating, and she despised him in her heart. – 1 Chronicles 15:29

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Have you ever been offended by the worship of another?

Before you rush to defend yourself, stop and think. Have you ever been in a gathering with other Christ-followers and felt uncomfortable when someone near you sang louder, clapped louder, or … dare I say it … danced “louder” than you felt was truly necessary

Face it. You were probably offended … or, at least, uncomfortable. Like Michal, who despised David in her heart, you “looked down” upon another person’s celebration when (instead) you should have joined with them in their ignorance of environment and self, captured and overwhelmed by the presence of God. More than we might like to admit, we all may find ourselves guilty at times of Michal’s fault, but let us aim to change. It isn’t worship unless our every thought is only of Him.

There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self. – Benjamin Franklin

Published by Dr. David Pope

Dr. David Pope is the Founder and CEO of Pope Initiatives. ARM Solutions is a division of Pope Initiatives that exists to activate collaborative efforts for sustainable impact among the global unreached.

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