Today, you get two examples of worship and the similarities between. I do not think these similarites are coincidence, plainly because I do not believe in coincidence.
The first is found in 2 Samuel 6. Jewish Historians will recognize this as the chapter of The Return of the Ark to Jerusalem.
David was ushering the Ark in to Jerusalem and after David made the proper sacrifices and the Ark actually came in to the city, he started leaping and dancing around. He even tore off his Ephod. A lot of people use this to say David was dancing naked in the streets. That is not so. He had just taken off his priestly outer coverings. He still had clothes on under the ephod. David’s wife (Saul’s daughter, mind you) was ashamed for David doing this. When confronted by his wife, David said, “Today I embarrassed you. Tomorrow I embarrass myself,”(2 Samuel 6:22)
Now, let’s take some of these details into consideration. David made sacrifices every six steps that those carrying the Ark made. He sacrificed oxen and fatted sheep the Scripture says (V.13). This was Jerusalem’s livelihood that David was sacrificing. Surely this was costing him much.
Secondly, let’s ask a question. What is the Ark? The Ark was the sole representation of God the Father on Earth from Moses’ time unto the time of Jesus. The Ark was where God abided. (This is why a lot of Christians say, “Don’t put my God in a box,” because for many generations this is what the Jews did.) So, at this time, the presence of God was being brought into Jerusalem (Still called “The City of David”) and David was obviously overjoyed that the earthly representation of the presence of God was being brought into the temply in his city. Do we, as modern day Christians, relish in the idea the God is dwelling in our temple (body) as David did? Or is it something that becomes familiar to us? The presence of the Most High should always lead us to worship.
Thirdly, we see some things that have been broken. I’m not gonna go real deep into the “broken” part here because the next example says it so much better. But we see David ripping off his priestly garment (ephod). To the people who were seeing this, they may have seen this as a spit in the face. In that ephod was generations of “religion.” Even David’s wife, after seeing this display, was disgusted.
Next we have, in my opinion, the truest display of worship found in the Scripture. Isaiah 6? No. Revelation 4? No. Luke 7. In the last part of Luke 7 (V.36-50), we see a woman who has led a life full of sin. We see this woman come into a house and kiss and pour oil on his feet. And then, she would dry them with her hair. Now, for many reasons, this is an awesome representation of worship.
First of all, we see the woman’s need for the Savior’s touch. Not only do we see it, but she realizes it as well. She would even go into a stranger’s house to be with the King. I’m willing to bet that those that saw her knew her history and she knew that they knew. This would be a point of humbleness like no other for this woman. We see the Presence of the King, God in flesh.
Secondly, we see her crying at Jesus’ feet and pouring perfume on them. Perfume in this day in age was not cheap. That bottle of perfume may have cost this woman a year’s wages. We see a cost, a great cost.
This woman then wipes the Master’s feet wit her hair. Now, to the Jews of this time this would be an abomination. They saw a woman’s hair as her glory. This woman took everything she had of worth and poured it out at Jesus’ feet.
When’s the last time you took everything you had and poured it out at Jesus’ feet?