David brought the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the city of David with rejoicing. And David dance before the LORD with all his might. (2 Samuel 6:12-14 NRSV excerpt, part of this coming Sunday’s lectionary texts)
Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your might, Scripture tells us.
The witness of David teaches us also: Dance before the LORD with all your might.
Dance before the LORD with all your might — not because the journey was easy (cf: the death of Uzzah) but because God has remained present and the people have been fed generously. (2 Samuel 6:19)
Dance before the LORD with all your might — not because your faith has been perfect, but because God has loved you from the beginning and knows you as holy & blameless. (Ephesians 1:4)
Dance before the LORD with all your might — not because the world has repented of its violences but because God still speaks peace to the people. (Psalm 85:8)
Dance before the LORD with all your might — not because the priests and politicians of the world are righteous, but because there are still a few by whom God is revealing a plumb line to right injustices. (Amos 7:7-15)
Dance before the LORD with all your might — not because Creation is healed from pollutants and the people redeemed from toxins, but because the earth is the LORD’s and all that is in it. (Psalm 24:1)
Sidebar: Don’t dance before kings like Herodias (Mark 6:15-29) — trading your success for another’s life, valuing men’s (yes, men’s, and rich men at that) comfort over the discomfort of truth. Yes, it relates to the dancing theme of the 2 Samuel text, but no, pleasing men to get your way (or requiring someone else to dance to keep those in privilege satisfied) is not a way to dance before the LORD.
Dance before the LORD with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might.
What themes, trajectories, and questions are your sermons finding in their early planning stages, dear friends and colleagues? What Revised Common Lectionary texts are you planning to use this Sunday? What sermonizing wisdom do you seek — and can you share — with one another this week?
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