Abandoned Worship

April 16, 2024 Devotional by Rose-Marie Slosek

“And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight.” (2 Samuel 6:22a)

There are things we will do in the Presence of God, things that are also visible to men, that will be misunderstood, even disdained, by others. Perhaps they will be holy things that are really meant only for God to see but are viewed by others unaware to us. Perhaps even the holy thing we set our heart to do will inadvertently expose our flesh. How could this happen? It is not meant that one would be unclothed physically as here in David’s case, but it could mean that in our abandoned worship or utter obedience to God, our humanity, need, or weakness is exposed for others to see. 

People observing may not understand our motivations, they may not choose to see us in the best light, they may look on the outward appearance and mock us. It is wise not to judge another Man’s servant, especially when they are worshiping God. King David was giving all that he had to God in His worship before the ark. While Michal watched, she did not see David’s heart but merely saw his flesh exposed and mocked him. God judged her, and she became barren. There are lessons aplenty here. 

Be careful how you look at others. Do not bring a spirit of judgment too quickly to something you do not understand. Do not know others “after the flesh” (2 Cor. 5:16). There are things that are meant to be covered and things that are meant to be exposed. Sometimes we get the two mixed up. When Noah became drunk, one of his sons dealt wrongly with his father’s nakedness, and the other two tried to protect their father’s dignity (Gen. 9:20-23). There is a time to cover, and yes, there is a time to uncover, but our hearts must be for honor and redemption.

Perhaps in our hour of humiliation, even embarrassment, our hearts, and the hearts of those around us, are being revealed. We do not need to defend ourselves; rather, as David did, we can choose humility. In our desire to abandon ourselves to God, it is alright to “become even more undignified.” God will judge our motivations. To lay all that we are at the altar is never a mistake, even if it is laid before God in a messy, broken, undignified state. The most abandoned worshippers in the Bible follow this pattern: Mary of Bethany, Mary Magdalene, the Syro-Phoenician woman, Ezekiel, Hosea, Isaiah, and many more. They were not grandstanding; they were worshipping.

Obedience and utterness toward God can cost us our dignity. It is a well-spent embarrassment. God alone sorts the motives of our hearts. 

Maranatha.

Rose-Marie Slosek came to know the Lord in the early nineteen seventies and has a passion for organic church and the maturing of the Body of Christ. She loves to connect people and build healthy community in small groups. She travels widely and assists several mission teams. Rose-Marie also serves Women of the Word on their Board of Directors. She can be reached at email 
rmslosek@comcast.net

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Betsy Roy

Director and President of Women of the Word. Professional Background - Registered Nurse Married to Jim for over 30 years. 3 daughters, 3 grandchildren.