All Your Might

All I could do was watch him.

I was mesmerized with his freedom. His inhibition was breath-taking. And as much as I tried to focus, all I could do was smile with joy as this little guy danced his heart out before the Lord.

We’d all been sitting in the heat of the sun watching a professional baseball game for hours, so by the time the band took the stage… we were sweaty, tired and ready to call it a day.

But many were in the bleachers ONLY because it was Faith Day and this band promised a post-game concert. So regardless of how we felt, we were excited to worship with this Grammy-winning group.

My eyes shifted to the little guy’s mom who was tamely swaying to the music next to him. It was obvious she didn’t feel the same sense of freedom as her son. She was painfully aware others would be watching her… judging her… but this innocent kid didn’t have a care in the world…

…I can relate to that mom.

I bet if we were honest, we’d all admit to understanding her inability to feel comfortable jumping around in uninhibited praise.

What if I look stupid?

What if people laugh at me?

What if someone recognizes me?

So often, we allow our insecurities to get in the way of our worship.

We feel moved to raise our hands while singing, but worry others might find us weird.  We want to jump up and down with the music, but are certain we’ll be labeled a wack-a-doo.

Is this you?

Oh I have been there, too. I’ve allowed my concern with what others may think to keep me in check. I’ve fought the internal battle of what I want versus what I think others expect of me.

But the truth is that God moves me… and music grooves me. And so when the two are combined, sometimes I can’t contain my joy.

The ability to stay calm and still escapes me, and demonstrative praise erupts.  David was the same way.

2 Samuel 6:14 tells us “And David danced before the LORD with all his MIGHT…” (emphasis mine)

“With all his MIGHT is a very descriptive phrase. It doesn’t mean that he just swayed to the music. He didn’t snap and clap at the appropriate times and places. David didn’t stay calm and collected in his worship.

No. He danced to exhaustion.

He let it all out.

Just like that little kid at the baseball game, he expressed his love and joy with pure abandonment.

We were made to praise in a variety of ways!

I want to encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and not worry what others think. I’m challenging you to let go of the world’s definition of the perfect Christian, and just worship your Creator.

“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your MIGHT.” – Deuteronomy 6:5

God created us for relationship.

Christ evokes an emotional response.

The Holy Spirit prompts us.

Question:  How will you respond?  Share your comment by clicking here.

Photo Credit:  Random Issues


  1. Jeanelle says

    Carey – I love this visual. I am in constant thought of David – he was defined as “a man after God’s own heart.” That is what I long for the Lord to proclaim about me!! David danced – this act of worship is part of the Lord’s heart and it delights Him. I long for a complete freedom in this area and a heart and flesh response to worship Him in tangible ways at all times without limitations. I got my dancing shoes……. teach me to dance before you Lord.

  2. says

    Carey, What a terrific reminder of a powerful example we have right in Scripture… oh’ David, what a guy right? I would say I just started letting loose in worship and in the joy of living just in this past year. What a difference! Thanks for sharing! ~ Blessings out, Amy

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