Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, even to be humiliated in my own eyes!” 2 Samuel 6:22a (NLT)

The word “dignify” means to grant nobility or respect to something. It raises the status of that thing! Likewise, “dignity” means the state of quality of honor or respect. Some dictionaries include a sense of self-respect, self-esteem, self-worth. The key word here is “self” which is actually pride! Too often our “dignity” keeps from engaging in expressive worship. Our sense of worth, can keep us from acting undignified, after all, we are concerned about what people may think of us. Dignity is being more aware of ourselves than we are of God!

You see, the catch is, God is worth it! You’ve probably been to many services where the worshippers are unengaged, they barely mouth the words, they are distracted, with their hands either in their pockets or playing with their iPhones, as if they we impassionately watching a concert. Btw, impassionate means without passion or feeling! Our praise is simply an indicator of where our heart is. A surrendered heart is willing to be undignified, in a sense, humiliated. The word “undignified” means appearing foolish and unseemly, or lacking in, you got it, dignity!

High praise is not just singing songs to Jesus. It is about engaging ourselves into those songs, with all that we are. High praise, singing in the Spirit, dancing, spinning, shouting, even the blowing of shofars can appear weak and foolish. To the dignified these actions can be offensive. When King David danced before the Ark of the Covenant as it was being brought to Jerusalem, his wife Michal, complained of his lack of dignity. Sadly, this cost her being barren all the days of her life (2 Samuel 6:22-23). Wow, the implications are tremendous. Be careful to not mock or make fun of those who are willing to be undignified in their worship. Obviously, God is not too happy about that! As you worship, please forget about yourself and fix ALL your attention, devotion, emotion and energy on Jesus!

The crazy thing is, God says He is enthroned upon our high praise (Psalm 22:3). Some translations say that God inhabits our praise (KJV). This word actually means to sit down, to dwell, to remain, to abide, to inhabit. As such, as we offer Him the praise He is due, He literally comes upon us! No wonder the religious spirit is manifested when we worship and praise without dignity! But understand this, our high praise is very powerful and is actually a weapon in disguise. As we praise God and declare His word, we are told that we actually inflict vengeance on the nations, punishment on peoples, binding up spiritual rulers with fetters and demonic nobles with shackles. We declare the sentence written against them. And all this is said to be the “glory of all His saints” (Psalm 149:6-9). And all we did was praise Him!!!

So, come on, worship and praise Him with all your heart. Get your hands out of your pockets and lift them high in the air. Shout and sing loudly the songs that declare who He is and what He has done. Be willing to dance, spin and fall on your face before your God and King! Ask Him to grant you grace to worship and praise Him with all that you are. Ask Him to cause the awareness of His presence to become so much greater than your self-awareness. Cry out for your church to become even more undignified, even foolish in its worship of the One who is worthy of it!

Btw, if you need a place to do this, please join us at AHOP on Thursday nights!