Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Right Or Wrong Or Just Different

We have all at some time in our Christian lives been questioned as to why we do this or that, or show me where that is in the Bible, I am sure. Well, sometimes things are not so cut and dry to whether something is right or wrong, it is just different.

Like why do some religions not dance, nor some have no musical instruments, or some kneel to pray, while others do not. Just because someone does something different in their church does not neccesarily make it right or wrong, it is most likely just that particular church's doctrine.
And remember man made doctrine, it is not always in the bible that way.

While reading in 2 Samuel about David becoming excited over the ark of the Lord being brought back to his city, we see he started dancing and whirling around, and the house of Israel started playing all types of instruments worshiping the LORD. So for some to say, dancing or musical instruments is wrong, is incorrect, that is just their preference.

You see some believe that when you listen to the music you are more intuned to the musical instrument that you are carried away by its music and not so intuned to your worship to the LORD. I can easily see that. I mean we change the music to keep up with the times, so that the young people do not get bored, but then we have to keep the old songs, so that the elders do not get too disturbed, my question is, what are you listening to anyway, the words being sung unto the LORD, or the music and the way it is presented? Do you see now, why some believe you should keep the instruments out of the equation?

The same with dancing. Some dance with the Spirit and some dance with the flesh leading them. Some dance to the beat of a drum, and some dance to the urging of the Spirit. Which is right or wrong? Who is to judge where either one's heart is in their worship to the LORD?

You keep reading in 2 Samuel and you see where David's wife was embarassed by his actions of dancing. And she got angry with him. But the LORD knew where David's heart was and that he was in true worship with his dancing. The LORD said of David, that he was a man after his own heart.
David reminded her that the LORD had chosen him as king, and that he would gladly humble himself and become undignified in his own sight if it was pleasing unto the LORD.

God became angry with Michal for judging David, and for being ashamed of his worship to Him. He struck her to be barron all of her days.

So you see the lesson to be learned here is not to be so judgmental of others ways of worship just because they are different than your own. How do you know that the LORD is not saying of them also, that they are a person after His own heart?

2 Sam. 6 v 5...Then David and all the house of Israel played music before the LORD on all kinds of instruments of fir wood, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tamborines, on sistrums and on cymbals.....

2 Sam. 6 v 16.....Now as the ark of the LORD came into the City of David, Michale, Saul's daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the LORD: and she despised him in her heart....

2 Sam. 6 v 21-22a....So David said to Michal, "It was before the LORD, who chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over all the people of the LORD, over Israel. Therefore I will play music before the LORD, And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight......

2 Sam. 6 v 23....Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death....

1 Sam 13 v 14....But now your kingdom shall not continue. The LORD has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the LORD has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the LORD, commanded you....

Are you more concerned with your dignity or what others may think of your way of worship, or are you more concerned about pleasing the LORD with your worship unto Him?

RTB....2 Sam. 16-18...

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