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David Dances Before the Ark

Lesson 2 


Fall 2021


By: RLD Editorial Team 


September 12, 2021

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Lesson Focus:

How will you worship God?

Bible Basis:

Samuel 6:1–5, 14–19

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • None

Summary & Links:

How will you worship God?

These videos and materials are for your personal use.
If you show videos in class, be sure to have the necessary rights to do so.

Music Video, Traditional: “Let There Be Peace on Earth”
Music Video, Multicultural: “Redeeming the Years” by Phil Thompson
Music Video, Contemporary: “Song of Repentance” by New Wine Worship
Working Preacher Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:1–5, 12b–19
Bible.org Commentary on 2 Samuel 6
Enduring Word Commentary on 2 Samuel 6

Memory Verse:

David and all Israel were celebrating with all their might before the Lord, with castanets,[a] harps, lyres, timbrels, sistrums and cymbals.
—2 Samuel 6:5

Step 1

Materials Needed:

  • None

More than 200 people gathered in Toledo, Ohio, recently to raise money for a local charity. The event was a mock dance competition with area performers, in which the audience voted for their favorite dance couple. But the real winners were the children served by the Ottawa County Family Advocacy Center, which supports local families by “providing compassionate support as they navigate the educational, legal, and social systems of our community.” This year’s banquet was the 13th anniversary of the event, and attendees raised more than $20,000. The community rose up in dance to honor a group doing good in their community.

King David leapt and danced before the Lord with all his might when he and the people brought the ark of the Lord into Jerusalem. His own appearance and dignity were not as important to him as his worship of the Lord God. His own wife, Michal, did not approve, however. She saw him cavorting about, and she despised him in her heart. But God was pleased with David’s worship, because he had risen up in dance to give honor to Him.


  • What’s the most extreme expression of celebration you’ve ever given?
  • Which expressions of worship are you more comfortable with? Which expressions are you less comfortable with?
  • In what ways can we express joyful worship to God today?

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2, 3 & 4 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

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