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By Vernon Willet
Spring Creek Correctional Ministry 

How can we not smile with the man dancing before the Lord?


November 2, 2017 | View PDF

I had the opportunity to see a post on Facebook the other day which just tickled me no end. In the midst of a worship service, a well-dressed man was dancing in the aisles. With many a smooth move, he was expressing his joy in the house of the Lord. Needless to say the comment section was full of opinions about his behavior. Many celebrated his joy. Several of the comments were disapproving, however, saying that it did not accord with the dignity of God to dance in church. Apparently the writer of the Second Book of Samuel did not think so:

“And David was dancing before the LORD with all his might, and David was wearing a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel were bringing up the ark of the LORD with shouting and the sound of the trumpet.” (2 Sam 6:14-15)

David the King was dancing before the Ark of the Covenant as it was brought into Jerusalem. And David is called a “man after God’s own heart.” He knew the joy of fellowship with God. and he celebrated that joy by dancing.

In the psalms it also says,

Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp. (Psalm 149:3)

Clearly the Bible endorses dancing as a form of worship. And if it is an accepted form of worship, then I do not see how we could censure this man for dancing his joy before the alter. Instead perhaps we should celebrate the joy of his worship. We should emulate his joy and let our joy be our best witness to the Gospel. Saint Paul put it like this:

“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7)

So worship leads to joy. Joy leads to prayer. Prayer leads to that peace which passes all understanding. So how can we not smile with this man, dancing his joy before the Lord?



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