Danielle Disbennett

Do you remember when you were first saved and that feeling you were ready to conquer the world…that feeling of being on fire for Jesus? I remember having this feeling that no matter what would come my way, I would be okay, because I had this amazing heavenly Father who was in control and would take care of me.

Last Sunday, I was worshipping with the K-3rd graders, and there was a young girl in there praising Jesus like no one was watching. She was singing at the top of her lungs, and she didn’t care what any of the other kids in that room were thinking. It absolutely warmed my heart, and in that moment, I felt God say to me, “This is what I want from you!” It is amazing how much God teaches me through Sunday School. Isn’t it amazing that God uses the everyday to speak to us? God wants us to do everything with passion, and in everything glorify Him. I feel like I have been in a season that has been lacking that passion, and I have been kind of just sitting on “autopilot” and trying to get through each day. God doesn’t want us to be on “autopilot.” He wants us to have life and have it to the fullest.

This reminds me of the story of David and the Ark of the Lord, when he is dancing and singing for Jesus and his wife is getting embarrassed. I just love David’s heart and his response.

“And David danced before the LORD with all his might, wearing a priestly garment. 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. 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. They brought the Ark of the LORD and set it in its place inside the special tent David had prepared for it. And David sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings to the LORD. When he had finished his sacrifices, David blessed the people in the name of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. Then he gave to every Israelite man and woman in the crowd a loaf of bread, a cake of dates, and a cake of raisins. Then all the people returned to their homes. 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!” 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. Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, even to be humiliated in my own eyes! But those servant girls you mentioned will indeed think I am distinguished!” So Michal, the daughter of Saul, remained childless throughout her entire life.”

2 Samuel 6:14-23 NLT

My desire for this year is to be more like David and the little girl on Sunday morning. I want to be the type of person who focuses on Jesus alone and doesn’t care what anyone else thinks.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel,

for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes,

to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Romans 1:16 ESV