Week Seven


Eagle Devotional: Dancing Fool

My guess is that the prominent biblical figure of King David was most likely an incredibly fierce competitor. If David played hoops, he was the Michael Jordan of his time. We are talking about the guy who won national notoriety when he went up against Goliath. He had the allegiance of men who killed lions with their bare hands and single handedly took down hundreds of enemy soldiers. These mighty men would have given their lives for David without even thinking twice. David was a man among men; athlete among competitors. He was unmatched on the field of battle; a master of weaponry and hand-to-hand combat. This is not the type of dude that you would typically think of being a passionate worshiper of God and writer of biblical poetry. The warrior types are usually “too cool” to be interested in “spiritual” matters. David loved God, but God also loved David’s heart for Him. You might say that David was quite popular with God when it comes to the scope of biblical figures. Though a number of stories stand out, we will highlight one here.

Second Samuel 6, the Philistines were returning the captured Ark of the Covenant. God’s people were more than excited, especially David. The Ark represented God’s presence. It meant He was with them. Everywhere God’s presence went, blessing, prosperity, strength, and protection followed. David’s devotion to God wasn’t limited to religious events – he loved the Lord, and desired to honor Him in every area of his life. What was the warrior-poet’s response to God’s presence being with them again?

David danced before the LORD with all his might. So David and all the people of Israel brought up the Ark of the LORD with shouts of joy…

Can you imagine what that display must have looked like? If you think David’s response to God was a bit over-the-top, you’re not alone. When David returned home, his own wife mocked him.

When she (his wife) saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, she was filled with contempt for him.

David’s response?

“I was dancing before the LORD! He appointed me as the leader of Israel, so I celebrate before the LORD. Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, even to be humiliated in my own eyes!”

Parents, David is someone whose athletic prowess would make any parent proud and capture the attention of national basketball scouts. But it was his heart that caught the attention of God. It was his devotion and love for God that pulled at the heart of the Lord. David didn’t care who saw or heard his devotion for God. He was even willing to face ridicule from his own wife over what she believed to be a ridiculous display of devotion. But David didn’t care. Whether he was taking the field of battle or celebrating God in dance, all he cared about was what God thought. David desired the blessing of God more than the cheers of the crowd. In the eyes of many, he was a dancing fool. In the eyes of God, David was a man after His own heart. May our sons compete fiercely on the basketball floor, but may their most important audience not be the cheering crowds or college scouts, but the God for whom David foolishly danced.