Offended By Worship

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 another person’s worship practice? I must confess that I have, at times been uncomfortable, but I don’t think I have ever been offended … at least not by honest worship. Then again, some of what I see today that is labeled as “worship” offends me … or, more importantly, I sometimes think that it offends God.

When David’s wife saw him worshiping God, she despised him in her heart. Maybe his love for his Lord convicted her. Maybe there was some residual anger over having to return to the husband of her youth. It is clear that she was embarrassed by his behavior. No matter her excuse, the problem was HER’S. David did not have a problem. He was absorbed by the presence of the Almighty. Michal could not join in the celebration because she allowed “something” or “someone” to get in the way.

If you have a problem with another’s honest worship, then the only person to blame is yourself. Ultimately, God should be greater than any obstacle to our adoration.

Wonder is the basis of worship. – Thomas Carlyle

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