We shake off the mourning with our next season of life: dancing. What does the season of dancing bring for us and what does it mean to be a spiritual dancer? Find out below.
God likes a good dance. David danced before God and everyone when the Ark of the Covenant was brought into Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6:14). Even though some despised him, David was so exuberant to bring that sacred object-that object that represented God's presence-into the capital of God's Kingdom. He loved it so much that he didn't care what others thought of him, even his wife (2 Sam 6:16). David danced because a great promise had finally been fulfilled. God had established Abraham's seed and given them a Kingdom from where they could serve Him. That was a long standing promise and it deserved a special form of praise.
When should we praise?
While dancing is good for the big moments like above, there are other times we are to praise God as well. Three times in the book of Psalms we see dancing mentioned:
Psalm 30:11 - God has delivered David from mourning and established him. This deals with a personal situation and is a private setting.
Psalm 149:3 - A commandment to praise God in the dance. This is a general Psalm that indicates that dancing is a part of our praise as much as singing. Specifically, this deals with us in our every day living.
Psalm 150:4 - This is another Psalm instructing us on how to praise. This specifically deals with making music, but once again dance is involved. Specifically, this deals with organized meetings (what we would call having church today)
Based on these three scriptures we see that we are to dance in our private and intimate moments with God, we are to dance in our every day life with God, and we are to dance when we meet with God and others in church. Now I know what you are thinking, Am I supposed to dance up and down the aisles of the grocery store just because something good has happened. It depends. Did your friend who you've been witnessing to for months come up to you and tell you they got saved? Then yeah have a dance party with Jesus for a second. Get a good report from the doctor about your health situation? It's okay to do a little dance and sing a praise to God. Basically, when God gives you a breakthrough, dancing isn't only appropriate, it's commanded. If David did it before the symbol for God's presence, shouldn't we do it when we are blessed because of His presence? So the next time God does something good for you (or someone else you love), feel free to shuffle your feet a little bit. He deserves it.
Chris Farris is the author of The Way, a manual detailing how to implement the Beatitudes into your life. He review events and other media and offers other insights into writing and working for the Kingdom of God.