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David’s Praise

2 Samuel 5:1-5; 6:1-5, NRSV
Acts 2:22-28, NRSV


That which dominates our imagination and our thoughts will determine our life and character. Therefore it behooves us to be careful what we are worshiping, for what we are worshiping we are becoming.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson
quoted in Broken Tablets

  • We do praising all the time
  • where we find the deepest joy, and we tell others about it
  • C.S. Lewis – We delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment
  • But we also praise things with mixed motives

  • God is trustworthy
  • David praises God that accepts people who are in the mix and the messy state of mind
  • By bringing the ark back, he places God back in the center of nation
  • But David is also doing this for politics

  • Well of gratitude
  • Well of gratitude to draw from, to fuel our praises, to deepen our trust in God
  • Trust and gratitude

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