Dancing Fools – 2nd Samuel

Daniel Rice

Children are amazing for their ability to live in the moment. They live life with abandon. They’re not conformed to society or convention, and they don’t worry about what others mighty think or say. Whatever they do, they are either fully into it or they are fully against it.

One Saturday evening we were watching an old episode of The Lawrence Welk Show. My son Daniel was only two or three years old. While I was watching the television program and eating a piece of pie, Daniel was twirling, jumping, twisting, shaking, and generally dancing his heart out for his daddy.

As the song came to an end, Daniel made his big finish. He twirled around and set his head down on my lap. Instead of landing in my lap, his head hit the edge of my plate. The plate did a mid-air twist of it’s own, landing on the floor, while the piece of pie splatted square in Daniel’s face.

It was one of those slow-motion moments etched in my memory. It was more like a scene from a Three Stooges movie than Flash Dance. It was an unintended hilarious end to my son’s short dancing career.

King David loved God. In utter joy at the return of the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem, David threw aside the cultural constraints of his kingdom. He stripped himself down to his underwear, and to the displeasure of his wife, spontaneously danced before the Lord with all of his might!

When he was done, his wife accused him of acting shamelessly and degrading his position as king. David answered, And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight (2 Samuel 6:22).

Mediocrity is the slow death of everything good. We need more people in this world who are fully committed to pleasing God … even if we look like fools to everyone around.


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