Author: Princess Tade Onilogbo
What does the word enthusiasm mean to you? When last were you enthusiastic about something? Enthusiasm means to have ardent interest in something, to be eager about something, to be passionate or zealous about something. Eagerness means showing or feeling a great desire for something, to be keen about something. Enthusiasm means you have a desire to know or learn more about something. You are interested in that thing and you have a feeling for that thing, so you are involved in and affected by that thing.
Many people are enthusiastic about a lot of different things. It could be a hobby or it could be having a sense of belonging to a particular club or profession. I think the most relevant sport that people are passionate about these days is football. Many people are so passionate about football that they lose all sense of decorum when their team is playing. In fact some people are so passionate that they become hooligans when their team lose a match. Pause, think and reflect. What are you passionate about? Or are you not passionate about anything? Surely, there will be something you are passionate about.
Your enthusiasm about something will definitely touch your emotions. You cannot be aloof and unmoved by what happens to any cause you are passionate about. This is where your zeal comes in. Have you ever seen someone passionate about football that will not display his or her memorabilia? Such a person wants everyone to know he or she is committed to that team. Also, you cannot see someone passionate about football that will just sit down when his or her team is winning a match.
I believe you are wondering where all these comments are leading. The answer is not far fetched. It’s about our enthusiasm for the things of God, especially our enthusiasm in praising and worshipping God. Do we realise the fact that we are on the winning team? Your team cannot be winning and then you remain unmoved. You must be touched in one way or the other. A lot of us come to church with our sad faces and stand in one place all through the service. Please pardon me, I do know we have different personalities and some of us are not emotionally expressive. However, when we are in a football pitch, we can shout and rave. Let us be honest and think – are we truly in love with Jesus? Do we love Him so much that we can lose our dignity in praising and worshipping God? Do we remember David? – Yes, David. He was a king in Israel. However, when the ark of God was being brought back to Israel, he danced like a ‘crazy’ man – permit me to use the word, but that is how he was perceived by on lookers. In fact, his wife was disgusted by David’s action.
2 Samuel 6:12-23 (New International Version)
12 Now King David was told, “The LORD has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of the ark of God.” So David went down and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing. 13 When those who were carrying the ark of the LORD had taken six steps, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf. 14 David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the LORD with all his might, 15 while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouts and the sound of trumpets.
16 As the ark of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, she despised him in her heart.
17 They brought the ark of the LORD and set it in its place inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and David sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings [a] before the LORD. 18 After he had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD Almighty. 19 Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins to each person in the whole crowd of Israelites, both men and women. And all the people went to their homes.
20 When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, disrobing in the sight of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”
21 David said to Michal, “It was before the LORD, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the LORD’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the LORD. 22 I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.”
23 And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.
However, remember, Michal, David’s wife is the only woman the Bible records as being barren. I am not saying that is why some of our sisters do not have children – delay does not mean denial and God’s promises for our sisters who are looking up to God will come to pass. Back to the issue of the kind of praise and worship that David gave to God. That is enthusiasm, that is interest, that is passion, that is an earnest desire to show love and appreciation to one’s maker and creator.
Having heard about David’s enthusiasm in praising and worshipping God, how do you want to respond? Maybe you are the type who did not use to care about your dignity when it came to worshipping God, but someone has told you that you sing too loudly or the way you dance in church puts them off and so, you have cooled down. If that is you, please go back to your first love. Remember the apostles after they were filled with the Holy Ghost and began speaking in tongues, people thought they were drunk. Well, that is because God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit. Read Acts chapter 2. He has feelings and can be grieved. He wants to express Himself through us and most times it is in worship that we connect with the Holy Spirit. I am not saying the Holy Spirit is not always in us and upon us, but we have been made to worship and there is always a connection in our spirits with the Holy Spirit when we worship. Remember we have been made for God’s pleasure and God delights in the praises of His people. He actually inhabits our praises.
But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel
The next time you are in church or with other believers or even during your private worship, let go of yourself and let the Holy Spirit move you to worship. Do not resist Him. He wants to use you, but you have to be a willing and available vessel. It all begins with your enthusiasm.
The Lord bless you and fill you anew with His Holy Spirit and may the zeal for the House of the Lord consume you.
In His loving arms