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Fig Leaves … Again

Here is a partial re-post from an entry about a year ago. I posted this over at 2nds, my church’s blog, earlier this week, and I thought it worthy of putting before SWYW readers again.

Sometimes after bath time we allow Micah to go diaperless. He enjoys this freedom, the cool air caressing his baby booty and producing a fresh buoyancy. Without the constriction of a bulky diaper, he runs around aimlessly, not caring where he’s going as much as how long he can go for.

At some point childlike innocence regresses into shame, like Adam and Eve when they discovered their nakedness. Consequently, many of us search our entire lives for the best fig leaves to cover ourselves, all the while growing in our self-consciousness. But worshiping Jesus consists of becoming less self-conscious and more aware of our Savior.

David and all the people of Israel were celebrating before the Lord, singing songs and playing all kinds of musical instruments — lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets, and cymbals. … And David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment. —2 Samuel 6:5,14 NLT

(Castanets? Awesome! I can hear the flamenco guitars now.)

Israel’s great king, David was an unashamed worshiper. Forgetting the propriety expected of a king and forsaking his royal robes, David danced in a simple “linen ephod” (ESV), which was worn by priests in the fulfillment of their duties. In that moment,
David regarded himself not as the most powerful leader in the region but as a servant of God. He became less cognizant of himself and more aware of God.

If you’re thinking you’d like to break out your best impression of the Lord of the Dance, know that whenever you worship uninhibitedly there will always be onlookers who don’t appreciate the resplendence of a child of God running around joyously without, in essence, a diaper. (Maybe their stodginess is due to the constraint of their own overloaded diapers.) David’s own wife chided his lack of propriety:

When David returned home to bless his own family, Michal, the daughter of Saul, came out to meet him. She said in disgust, “How distinguished the king of Israel looked today, shamelessly exposing himself to the servant girls like any vulgar person might do!” —2 Samuel 6:20 NLT

It seems Michal preferred David to act more like a king and less like a worshiper.

The woman I mentioned last Friday [whom Brandon spoke about yesterday] who anointed Jesus’ feet encountered religious leaders who disdained her act of worship. In their minds, she further corroborated what they knew about her. See, for a woman to kiss another man was scandalous, let alone a presumed prophet. Add to it that she let down her hair in public, a grossly immodest act and even a ground for divorce. But having wet his feet with her tears and wanting to dry them, she used what she had available. No liturgy, no preprogrammed services, no songs, no organ or electric guitar. She didn’t even have a worship leader.

This woman, notorious for her sexual indiscrimination, covered Jesus’ feet with her hair, that intimate aspect of her body, and thus incited the ire of the religious leaders who probably deemed it a sexual act. Was she capable of anything else? But Jesus perceived her heart, and known himself for disregarding decorum, he allowed her expression of worship.

Neither David nor the scandalous woman worshiped the way others would have preferred. But they did please their Lord.

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