This is what the Spirit of the Lord is speaking to me.
Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets. 2 Samuel 6:14,15
‘David dancing in the streets’ is the new musical worship paradigm that the Spirit of God is challenging Christianity to embrace. Jump for joy! Dance in the streets! Make a joyful noise unto the Lord! We are being called upon to set aside our linear forms of worship and simply worship God with all our hearts.
Musical worship within “Churchianity” has morphed into a copy-cat procession of worship leaders striving to simulate the performances of other popular and often commercially successful worship artists.
We have adopted their physical appearances with their skin tight jeans and half-shaved faces. We have emulated their singing styles with their barely discernable, soft-consonant pronunciations of words within their songs. We have embraced their linear “theme” paradigms during our church worship times to such an extent that people are afraid to suggest a different direction that the Spirit may be revealing to them for fear of being viewed as out of touch with the “flow” of the Spirit. And we are frequently labeled as “out of order” if we joyfully abandon our fear of man and dare to dance before the Lord with all our might! (As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart.)
Can we not discern the religious spirit behind all of this!? We should not deceive ourselves, assuming that the felt-presence of the Spirit of God at some of these services is an endorsement of our performance and control-based style of worship presentation. God is good. He blesses us despite ourselves.
I believe the Lord is exhorting us to cast off our religious pseudo-spiritual garments of learned mechanisms of worship, and instead, to simply celebrate before the Lord in our metaphorical linen ephods. This is what is truly pleasing to the Lord.
2 Samuel 6: 14 Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, 15 while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.
16 As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart…
20 When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”
21 David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord. 22 I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.”
23 And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.