“Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the faithful. Let Israel be glad in its Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King. Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre” Psalm 149:1-3
This psalmist is ready to get their praise on! They are remembering and recounting just how good God has been to them and their people. God has been so good that they are wanting to praise God by dancing and making a melody to the Lord. Can you imagine the joy in this praise?
I can still remember the first time I saw dancing in church. It was at Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church when I was a youngster. It was most obvious to me that the congregation was filled with gladness for how good God had been to them. People were dancing, clapping their hands and stomping their feet. Music filled the air of the sanctuary as a beautiful melody for God was lifted up by all manner of voices. I’m so glad I got to be a part of that. It helped me to realize that praising God is a bodily experience. Our praise of God is not just for our minds and our hearts, it is also something that can be lifted up with the activities of our bodies that God created. Dancing for the Lord proves that we can set our feet to moving, move our hands to clapping, raise our arms to praising, and lift our voices to singing a melody for our great Lord. Yes, dancing for the Lord can happen in the sanctuary, but it can also be a daily mindset to making our praise of God a bodily experience.
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