AWE in Worship: Celebration I - Jump

AWE:  An overwhelming feeling of reverential respect or admiration mixed with fear or wonder.

Luke 10:20-21 ESV - [Jesus said,] Nevertheless, do not rejoice (Greek: chairete: be happy) in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice (Greek: chairete: be happy) that your names are written in heaven.” 21 In that same hour he rejoiced (Greek: alligiasato - getting so glad one jumps in joyful celebration) in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.

Worship:  Giving God the recognition He deserves.

Does it seem odd or embarrassing to read in Luke 10 that Jesus Himself got so glad that He jumped in boastful, joyful celebration while thanking His Father?  How many athletes or prize winners or other people celebrating, commonly leap for joy?  Why should it be odd to respond to God similarly?

Luke 6:22-23 ESV - “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! 23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.

Jumping in experiential celebration and boastful joy that His followers’ names were written in Heaven and that they had received revelation of the truth about Jesus even though they were simple men rather than scholars.  Jesus also told them to jump for joy when being persecuted!  Why?  Because truth is not erased by hard circumstances - and because right choices must lead and feelings must follow.

2 Samuel 6:14-16, 20-21 NLT - And David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment.15 So David and all the people of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and the blowing of rams’ horns. 16 But as the Ark of the Lord entered the City of David, Michal, the daughter of Saul, looked down from her window. When she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she was filled with contempt for him…20 When David returned home to bless his own family, Michal, the daughter of Saul, came out to meet him. She said in disgust, “How distinguished the king of Israel looked today, shamelessly exposing himself to the servant girls like any vulgar person might do!” 21 David retorted to Michal, “I was dancing before the Lord, who chose me above your father and all his family!  He appointed me as the leader of Israel, the people of the Lord, so I celebrate before the Lord.

King David publicly celebrated his joy for God by dancing, whirling around, and playing loud music.  His wife was embarrassed because her attitude toward God was not the same.  The people focused on the Presence of God while Michal focused on David’s exuberance.  Is it possible that one’s focus and attitude determine whether or not something is an honest celebration (worship) or a foolish spectacle?  

Psalm 149:1-4 ESV - Praise the Lord!  (Hebrew: Hallelujah) Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the godly!  2 Let Israel be glad in his Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King! 3 Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre! 4 For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.

How celebratory is the praise and worship of God portrayed in Scripture? How celebratory is yours by comparison?