Dance…to Celebrate Men of God

I thought dancing, especially in “the Church” was only for God.

But apparently, that is not so.

At least, not according to the Bible. It’s true. The Bible records many acts of unseemly behavior, but this one seems to be approved by God. Dancing is not only a natural response to celebrating our Lord, but has been used in celebrating men of God too.

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In I Samuel 18:6-7, it states: “…when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities, of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of music. And the women answered as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.”

Wow, women flocked from everywhere to form a LARGE group and started to sing & DANCE with INSTRUMENTS and were filled with joy! Its not a wicked nor evil thing to celebrate men of God!! They even SUNG with the NAMES of the men of God in their chants. This is amazing. It appear that it is not a sin to do this, although it did cause Saul to become jealous of David because they compared him and form David to be greater than him.

In Judges 11:34, it says: “And Jephthah came to Mizpeh, unto his house, and ,behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances; and she was his only child…” This story is actually quite controversial in religious circles, but we will narrow our focus to the celebration portion of it. We see a daughter, celebration, again with instruments and dancing, her father victory in war against their enemies. Jephthah too, was a man of God as you can read in the whole 11th Chapter.

In Matthew 14:6, it shares how the daughter of Herodias, King Herod’s niece danced for him and his guests on his birthday. This please him so greatly, he lost all reason when giving her the freedom to ask for whatever she wanted. This liberty cost him greatly,as it led to the death of our beloved John the Baptist. Yet this passage also shows how dancing itself was an acceptable gift to present before a King, whom was very moved by the dance.

We have at least three illustrations in the Word, of how dancing before men, more exclusively, men of God and men in authority/power was not only allowing but an appropriate response to celebrating the person.

Who do you know that fits these qualifications that you can celebrate through dance?

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When is praise and worship dance appropriate?

Just as there are various styles of dance, there are also various types of dance that you can present to our Lord. I will only focus on two in this article, but please note, there are as many types of dance as there are types of prayer, like the war dance, the petition dance, the historical dance, etc. If you want more information on these dances, please comment below, so I’ll know that’s what you want to read next πŸ™‚

The two most well known types of godly dances are praise and worship. The difference between praise dance and worship dance is this:

Praise dance is usually a dance to thank the Lord immediately after He has done something for you as a person or as a group. Something you may have been praying about and He granted or some unexpected favor you received. This a a dance of thanks to God usually depicted by faster, cheerful movements.

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Worship dance is usually danced to celebrate the Lord and reverence His Holiness and Nature. It’s usually focused on Him and His wonderful character as revealed to us. The dance is usually solemn with slower, graceful, and meaningful movements.

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The dances are their meanings should govern the appropriateness of the occasion, but when do you dance them? Well that depends….on your location. If you are in public, you must wait for the leading of the Holy Spirit. He has the right timing and right purpose of every dance done before an audience. If you are in the privacy of your dwelling, you may dance when you heart longs to!

My heart almost always longs to dance in the public and in private, but I wait for the urging and go forth accordingly. If you are a dancer for the Lord, when and where do you dance?