I CHRONICLES 17:1-2: “Now when David lived in his house, David said to Nathan the prophet, “Behold, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under a tent.” And Nathan said to David, “Do all that is in your heart, for God is with you.” (ESV)
OBSERVATION: What place do I give to worship in my life? This is a question to consider when contemplating the life of David. David was a worshipper of the Lord in spirit and in truth. He put the worship of Yaweh before everything else in his life. When David brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem he danced before the Ark in great joy and celebration. As he came into Jerusalem his wife Michal looked out of the window, saw David’s celebration, and despised him in her heart. There was truly a difference between David and Michal’s heart regarding the importance, place, and expression of worship.
The Lord had given David great favor and victory. Israel was entering a time of peace from its’ enemies. David had built up the City of Jerusalem, and had constructed a great house for himself. When he looked at all of this, something was wrong. How could he live in such comfort and safety – while the Ark of the Covenant dwelt in a mere tent? Once again we see the primary place of worship in David’s heart. Everything in his life was directed and understood within the context of being a true worshipper of Yaweh!
The Lord was truly moved by David’s heart. Even though the Lord sent the prophet Nathan to tell David that he would not be the one to build His house, He did let David know that it would be built by his son. However, the Lord made a point to reflect on the fact that no one before David had even thought of this idea. No one before David was so consumed with the importance of worship. David could not go about his daily life without first thinking about his call to worship the Lord. David was truly a man who sought after God’s heart and kingdom – first and foremost!
How does my heart measure up to the heart of David? Am I truly seeking first the Kingdom of God, or is my own personal achievement and comfort more important. This is an important question for everyone to consider. It is especially true for those who lead God’s people in places of ministry. It is so easy to get caught up with the “work of the Lord” that we neglect the First and Greatest Commandment – “You shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” We cannot fulfill the Second Commandment – to love our neighbor as ourself, or the Great Commission – to make disciples of all nations – until we learn to put the worship of God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) first in our lives.
So this morning, what is taking first place in my thoughts, my priorities, and my life? Is it the plans and preparations for Sunday? Is it my sermon notes? Is it the outreach strategy of our church? Or, is it to become a worshipper of Yaweh in spirit and in truth? All these things are important, but only one is truly needful. We can live out our lives like Martha – or begin our days at the feet of Jesus. Lord, forgive me for allowing the tyranny of the urgent to dictate my life. Draw my heart to You in true worship and allow the still small voice of Your Spirit to lead me. Order my steps, my plans, my ministry, my entire life – through worship. In Jesus Name!