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  • Writer's pictureJamie Holden

December 16 Bible Reading

Real Men Don't Worship

Real men don’t worship. Yeah, I’ve heard that before.

However, I wouldn’t want to say it in front of the legendary man of God we’re talking about today. No doubt, this man was a tough dude. A man’s man.

From his early days, he was an outdoorsman, spending most of his time in the fields tending sheep.

He was a hunter—known to have killed not just a rabbit or a deer but a lion and a bear.

He was a warrior. A man so successful in battle that women sang songs about the tens of thousands he killed. Of course, his greatest conquest was when he killed the giant Goliath with just a slingshot.

He was rugged—known to live on mountains and in caves when a jealous enemy was hunting him.

Later, he was so successful and powerful that he literally ruled his country.

No, there was nothing weak about David. Yet, one of the things he’s best remembered for was being a worshipper.

In fact, it wasn’t his military prowess that first introduced David to palace life. Instead, David was brought to the palace to play his harp to calm King Saul when he was agitated.

David wrote at least 73 psalms full of praise and worship throughout his life. In 1 Chronicles 16, we see it was David who arranged for Asaph to lead worship in the tent where they kept the ark in Israel.

David was completely unashamed to worship God either privately or in public. We see an example of this when they were bringing the ark of the covenant back to Jerusalem. 2 Samuel 6:14 says, “Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.” (2 Samuel 6:14-15, NIV)

When his wife saw him and told him that this was not how a king should act, David responded the way all legendary men of God should when told: “real men don’t worship.” He said, “It was before the Lord….I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes.” (2 Samuel 6:21-22, NIV)

David proves that legendary men DO worship God—with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Memory Verse: Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving,  let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! (Psalm 95:1-2, ESV)

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