Attention, concentration and emphasis are words associated with focus. These synonyms highlight the priority for those individuals who hone in on what’s important in life. Depending upon your age, hobbies and interests, time will be allocated and invested in specific areas. However, discipline, resolve and zeal are necessary traits to make your goals a reality. Nonetheless, human nature has a subtle way of distracting good intentions. The end result often leads to losing sight of God’s glory.
And David was dancing before the Lord with great enthusiasm, and David was wearing a linen ephod [a priest’s upper garment], 2 Samuel 6:14.
Prior to achieving fame by defeating the giant Philistine Goliath in battle, David was a skilled musician and shepherd. The Old Testament does not reveal whether or not David combined these two abilities. However, to stay sharp, I can see David practicing his harp at night, using a camp fire as a source for light. As a former saxophone player, there is an adrenaline rush from playing moving songs. Perhaps, this might explain the inspiration behind dancing, moving your body to the beat of music. Beside performing for King Saul, David was also known to dance with enthusiasm, at one point dancing naked before the ark of the covenant. Yet, five chapters later, seeing a beautiful woman bathing caused David to lose sight of God’s glory.
Let everything that has breath and every breath of life praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!) – Psalm 150:6
Romans 3:9-12 addresses mankind’s inability to avoid sin. At some point, everyone screws up, falling prey to temporary pleasures. As great as David’s act of adultery and murder detailed in 2 Samuel 11 may be, there is a way to regain your focus back toward glorifying God. If you pray for a new heart, seeking to become a man or woman after God’s own heart, your spiritual vision will be renewed. I have wasted years on earth trying to do what I want, to make a name for myself. This selfish venture has blinded me from my real purpose for existing, Psalm 150:6. Instead of waking up with the attitude what will God do for me today, there is a better alternative. Start each day with a verse, a song and prayer to praise the Lord. This is why you and I were born. Therefore, don’t let the sun go down before practicing praise and worship of the great I Am.
by Jay Mankus