1 Samuel 18
Notes on Worship
VERSES 1-30WORSHIP - 1). The women worshipped when their men returned. (v.6) God gave them the victory, and they weren't ashamed to give Him praise for it. They used variety in their worship; singing, dancing, playing instruments. They wanted a full, lively celebration of God. We need te remember the great things that God does, and worship Him exuberantly for them. 2). Saul prophecied as David played the harp. (v.10) Prophecy is a form of worship, welcome at all times of praise and worship of our King. Worship God with spiritual songs.
PASSION - 1). David did his job the best he possibly could. (v.5) He didn't just do is successfully, but SOOO successfully, much more than anyone else would have done in his position. He had a passion for excellence as an act of worship to God. 2). Saul threw spears at David, and he eluded them twice. (v.11) After the first murder attempt, David still played for his king, risking his life. For most of us, one spear thrown in our direction would be enough to allow for our exit, but David was true. David was faithful to his king even when his king wasn't faithful to him. 3). David resisted King Saul's first attempt to have him marry his daughter Merab. (v.17) He could have become Saul's son-in-law, and had a pathway, albeit an improbable one, to the throne. But he resisted, knowing that God had something better in store. He didn't take the easy way out, but waited for God's plan. 4). David brought Saul 200 foreskins. (v.27) Saul had only asked for 100, but David went above and beyond and brought back double the amount. He also wanted to do his best for his king, and he proved his loyalty by being so excellent. True passion can be soon in a pursuit of excellence in all that we do.
1 Samuel 19
Notes on Worship
WORSHIP - Saul acted strange in the presence of God. (v.24) He lay naked on the ground, prophecying. We don't see that happen much today, but it could. When God intervenes in the affairs of men, we respond physically to spiritual things. Sometimes, something is lost in translation, and our physical response seems strange and abnormal. We shouldn't look down on those who respond in strange ways, but allow them to experience God however they can.