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God Loves Passionate Praise

August 14, 2022 • Jeremy Thom • After God's Own Heart

God Loves Passionate Praise

Sermon Notes: August 14, 2022
After God's Own Heart: God Loves Passionate Praise - Jeremy Thom

2 Samuel 6:3-5 (NLT)
They placed the Ark of God on a new cart and brought it from the hillside home of Abinadab. Uzzah and Ahio, Abinadab’s sons, were guiding the cart with the Ark of God on it, with Ahio walking in front.

2 Samuel 6:3-5 (NLT)
David and all the people of Israel were celebrating before the Lord with all their might, singing songs and playing all kinds of musical instruments.

2 Samuel 6:8 (NLT)
David was angry because the Lord’s anger had blazed out against Uzzah.

2 Samuel 6:14-15 (NLT)
David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment.

2 Samuel 6:14-15 (NLT)
So David and all Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and the blowing of rams’ horns.

2 Samuel 6:20b-23 (NIV)
David retorted to Michal, ‘I was dancing before the Lord, who chose me above your father and his family!

2 Samuel 6:20b-23 (NIV)
He appointed me as the leader of Israel, the people of the Lord. So I am willing to act like a fool in order to show my joy in the Lord.

2 Samuel 6:20b-23 (NLT)
Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, but I will be held in honor by the girls of whom you have spoken!’

2 Samuel 6:20b-23 (NLT)
So Michal, the daughter of Saul, remained childless throughout her life.

2 Samuel 6:22 (NIV)
So I am willing to act like a fool in order to show my joy in the Lord.

God Loves Passionate Praise

Passionate praise comes from sacrificing your own pride and posturing yourself before the Lord.

David sacrifices his pride:

  • And returns to obedience
  • Before all of Israel
  • While Michal reveals her pride
  • And comes before the Lord

Romans 12:1 (NET)
Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice – alive, holy, and pleasing to God – which is a reasonable service.

“What comes to our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us”. - A.W. Tozer: "The Knowledge of the Holy"

God loves passionate praise because it comes from a heart of sacrifice, postured before the only audience that matters, before the Lord.