What if we had greater God awareness! When the Ark of God was finally brought to Jerusalem, there was a moment of worship that captivated a young king named David. “David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the Lord with all his might, while he and the entire house of Israel brought the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets” (2 Sam. 6:14-15). David was so in tune with the presence of God in that moment that he did not care what others around him were thinking or doing.
This captivation leads us into the third edition of our blog series on the seven BIG words for Worship. David would later use this third word over and over in Psalm 150. The word in its most familiar form is “Hallelujah.” It comes from the Hebrew verb, “hallal,” which means to set aside all inhibitions and be overcome with joy in the presence of God. Most often, you will see the word translated as “praise” in your Bible, but notice how it means so much more than that. Think back to how David danced before the Lord in Hallelujah with all his might. Though he was outside in view of the entire assembly of Israel, he became captivated with the power and closeness of God. He was not worried about the world around him. In other words, his awareness of God was much greater than his awareness of self and others.
What would make a mighty warrior king like David become so captivated with God awareness? Maybe he had an awareness of God’s goodness and grace similar to the son in Luke 15:23-24. Consider that kind of personal awareness. What would it take for your God awareness to become greater than your self-awareness this Sunday in worship? Imagine the difference in the atmosphere of our weekly gathering if we all shared in this greater awareness! -Jason