Celebrating God spontaneously at Redeemer on a Sunday morning.
In Hebrew culture there was no division of secular and sacred. God was central to daily life and the events of life. Dance was no exception. Even today dance is part of Jewish culture, as it is in many places in the body of Christ. The following are instances of dancing in scripture.
Exodus 15:20 God had just delivered Israel from their bondage in Egypt. It was the prophetess, Miriam, who “took the tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her with tambourines and dancing.”
Luke 15:25 The prodigal son has returned and his father is overjoyed. A celebration is ordered with “music and dancing.”
Psalm 30:11 David expresses his praise to God for His faithfulness with, “You turned my wailing into dancing.”
I Samuel 18:6,7 David enters the city victorious after killing Goliath. He fights with Israel and they defeat the Philistines. The “women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with tambourines and lutes. This is an example of prophetic dancing, because as they sang “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands,” David had not yet slain his tens of thousands.
Psalm 149:3; 150:4 We are commanded to praise Him with dance.
Zephaniah 3:17 This verse tells us The Lord delights in us, quiets us with His love, and rejoices over us with singing. (“Rejoice” in this verse is Gul which means to dance violently.)
Jeremiah 31:13 When God restores His people, He promises, “Then maidens will dance and be glad, young men and old as well.”
At Redeemer Fellowship dancing that gives God glory is encouraged during our praise and worship time. Our children especially enjoy the freedom to worship as only one with the heart of a child at any age can.