September 17, 2017

Reading 2 Samuel 6: 1-5, 14-15 (NRSV)

In today’s reading we enter a scene in David’s story.

David has just become king of ancient Israel and Judah so the ark of God must be carried toward the new capital, Jerusalem. Wherever the ark of God is, that is where people worship, even when the ark is moving.

Here comes the ark, bumping down the road on a cart. All around it, King David and all the people dance before God with all their might, with songs, lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets, cymbals, shouts, and the sound of the trumpet!

Where would you be in this scene? Are you a dancer, a singer, a shouter, an instrument player? Are you doing it with all your might?

What music do you make to worship God today?

Maybe you sing hymns and songs you have known since childhood, or listen for new tunes to express current praise. Maybe you play drums, guitar, electronic instruments, or an organ or violin. Maybe you honor God with stillness; or prefer leaping and dancing.

Maybe you adapt your music to assist those around you in worshiping also.

However you make music, let us worship, as David did, with all our might!

Let us pray. Glorious God, you gave us music and dance as ways to express ourselves. May we use these gifts with all our might to express our awe of your power, majesty, and infinite love. And may our outward expressions assist others in worshiping also. Amen.

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