There is a word that I hear used often in churches today. It has become a staple in the vocabulary of many people. I hate this word. It is treated almost as a curse word in my home. It is the dreaded word – balance. I believe the enemy wants you to be balanced because one who has been domesticated is easier to cage. The idea of being balanced goes against every fiber of my being. No one is ever remembered because they are balanced. No one who ever followed Jesus ever exhibited balance in their lives. Rather, they were extravagant. Excessive. Possibly even dangerous in some ways. This is how I want to live life.
I am continuing my thoughts on David today. David was not balanced in any form or fashion. In my last post, Six Steps to His Heart, I talked about how David chose to sacrifice an animal every six steps while transporting the Ark of the Covenant, the very thing that housed the presence of the Lord. While reading this story recently, something caught my attention. Picture this with me. David is discussing with some of his partners how they were going to move the Ark. David looks at them and says, “I have an idea! Let’s appoint musicians and singers to play music before the Lord 24/7. Then, lets sacrifice an animal every six steps. While all this is going on, we’ll dance around the Ark like wild men!” I can only imagine the response he might have gotten. Speaking from my own experience, I would imagine they probably looked at him and said, “Why?” Here is what is interesting about this narrative – none of this was required of David. David was actually going beyond the Law, beyond what was required of Him. He was taking his worship to a new level. I wonder if some of the wise priests around David began to question why he was doing these things? Isn’t this a bit excessive? Yes. That’s the point.
David does this again in 2 Samuel 24:24. A man offers to buy David what he needs to worship the Lord. David refuses though and tells the man that he will not offer to the Lord that which cost him nothing. David wanted to offer an excessive, expensive worship to the Lord.
This reminds me of another story in the Bible where a woman brought excessive worship to Jesus. In Matthew 26:7 a woman approaches Jesus and breaks a jar of expensive oil at His feet. The key word here is expensive. It cost her something. The people around her began to ridicule her for “wasting” such an expensive jar. The religious will always focus on the cost of the jar without ever noticing the worth of the One whom the perfume is being lavished on.
Jesus was excessive. He went above and beyond what was required of Him. You see, the only thing that had to happen for us to receive redemption was for a perfect man to die. He wasn’t required to be beaten. He didn’t need to have His beard plucked or His back scourged. He simply had to die. Instead, Jesus endured the worst torment imaginable, experiencing the epitome of human suffering to display an excessive love for His children. The cross is excessive. You should be too.
My wife often says that if you think someone else’s worship is excessive, then you have an inferior revelation of who God is. This is the key. It’s not about the cost. It’s about Jesus. It’s about Him being worthy of something excessive. When you truly see the beauty of Jesus, and the wonderful cross where His love for us was displayed, the only worthy response is to be excessive. He is worthy of the most expensive perfume. He is worthy of an excessive worship.
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