Presence Devotion #9

Heidi Waddell


2 Samuel 6
David knew the importance of the presence of God. In 2 Samuel 6, it tells of how David was bringing the ark of the covenant into Israel and ‘[he danced] before the Lord with all his might’. The Spirit of God was coming to dwell amongst his people, and David worshipped and rejoiced with everything he had—even to the point of looking foolish.

David’s wife Michal, daughter of Saul, was watching him and rather than celebrating the momentous occasion, she despised him in her heart and chastised him openly. David’s response was: ‘I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes’, and Michal was barren for the rest of her days.

Here, we learn about the significance of our attitude in worship and the ushering in of the Spirit. Our hearts must be checked. God wants us to focus on Him wholeheartedly. If we carry an attitude of criticism, we are not focusing on what God is wanting to do in us. We do not want to be spiritually barren, removed from the favour God wants to pour out over us. We need to be both reverent and excited about God’s presence dwelling amongst us.

David understood that there was nothing greater than ushering in the presence of God and so he was willing to celebrate, no matter what that looked like to others. God loves extravagance in our worship. Sometimes it means we may even look foolish in our praise. Through our worship, we want to experience the fullness of God’s presence and the blessings He brings. We are privileged to have the Holy Spirit dwelling amongst us, and we can be transformed by bringing Him the adulate worship He deserves.

Reflection Questions

  1. Read Matthew 26:6-13 What are the attitudes portrayed by the woman and the disciples, and how does Jesus respond to each?
  2. Have you ever held back in worship because you feared what others may think of you?
  3. What challenges do you face in stepping out into your calling?
  4. How can we be a community that builds one another up so that we receive the fruits of God’s presence?