J.I. Packer in one of his works described true worship as follows: “To worship God is to recognize His worth or worthiness; to look God-ward, and to acknowledge in all appropriate ways the value of what we see. The Bible calls this activity ‘glorifying God’ or ‘giving glory to God,” and views it as the ultimate end, and from one point of view, the whole duty of man!”
In the first part of 2 Samuel 6, the Israelites had failed in glorifying God, because in their hearts and minds they had diminished His worthiness. You could say, they had devalued God in their culture, and in doing so they had missed their true purpose for existing. God then struck down Uzzah to show them His grief and anger over their condition. But in today’s text, they will repent of their error and come back to a place of true worship, and God will bless them with his presence, causing them to shout with joy!
As we come to this lesson, we should all honestly ask ourselves, have we come to a point in our Christianity that our walk with God has become burdensome and mundane, or is our relationship with Him such that His presence makes us want to shout with joy!