“And David danced before the LORD with all his might. And David was wearing a linen ephod.” 2 Samuel 6:14 (ESV)
King David was known for his wholehearted worship. He is renown for his undignified dancing before the Ark, which represented God’s presence, as he brought it into Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6:14-22). He established twenty-four seven, day and night worship around that Ark he brought into town. His worship was extravagant, unashamed, and loud. Yes, loud! David actually recreated musical instruments that he had seen/heard in his heavenly encounters. I believe his worship mirrored, or more precisely, shadowed the actual worship going on around the throne of God in heaven.
Undignified means appearing foolish; lacking in dignity. Another word for undignified is unseemly, which means not proper or appropriate. When we worship, we are usually so aware, and concerned about how we might offend or appear to others. But David wasn’t concerned about what people thought. And that’s what good, godly leaders do!
David was a leader, and a model for all of us who are leaders. Pastors and leaders should be the most passionate, undignified worshipers in the church. After all, they are following the example of others who have gone before them, AND are modeling the way for others in the church to follow! It’s interesting that the enemy used David’s ‘passion’ to tempt him to indulge in the flesh with Bathsheba. So please stay alert!
Pray for your pastor and the leaders of your church to be the most passionate worshipers and lovers of Jesus. Pray that they would have the courage to be undignified in their worship. Pray that God would protect their passion, their purity and grant them boldness in their expression of it!