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Sundown Devotional: Dance Like God Is Watching

MsDora, a former teacher and Christian counselor, presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

Dance: God's Watching (Photo by Allef Vinicius)

Dance: God's Watching (Photo by Allef Vinicius)

The Devotional

David danced before the Lord with all his might.
2 Samuel 6:14 (NLT)

How do we celebrate God’s goodness? Has anyone ever accused us of extravagant praise? Or do we praise God silently, motionlessly in our hearts? Generally, we react to our fears and frustrations with sounds and gestures. We express our complaints and criticisms; so why are we are content to praise only silently in our hearts?

David was not even in the worship service when an intense delight in God flooded his being, and he began to dance. God had satisfied his desire to bring the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem, after more than twenty years. He danced in his priestly garment, though not the kind he wore when ministering; and Michal, his wife, chided him for what she considered unbecoming behavior.

David defended his praise by declaring that his performance was for the Lord (verse 21). The Lord had anointed him in his youth, had shepherded him through his misdeeds, had honored his life and leadership with victory after victory. David danced with all his might, like God was watching a performance for which He had paid.

The Pulpit Commentary mentions the dance as “springing round in half circles” or whole circles; not to suggest a method for our dance, but to reveal the kind of movement it was, as well as the kind it was not. It was individual, spontaneous and wholehearted; no instructor, no partner necessary. David focused on God, regardless of the people who focused on him. If our intense praise ever overflows into a dance, let us dance like David did―with all our might― for God is watching!

Genuine praise seeks expression in speech, in song, in movement. It can happen in our homes, in our devotion, on our morning walks, whenever and wherever we take the time to count our blessings. Praise boosts our joy, our energy, our well being, and it does include the dance.

Prayer: All-Powerful God, we want to praise you with all our heart, soul, mind and might. When it is time to dance, please let our dance glorify You. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Painting by Alexey Tyranov. Text added.

Painting by Alexey Tyranov. Text added.

Ten Quotes on Unsilent Praise

Here are ten quotes which encourage praise expressions of sound and movement, though they offer no judgment on silent, motionless praise.

  1. “May you be content knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.” ― Teresa of Ávila
  2. “You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.” ― Psalm 30:11,12
  3. “We are called not simply to communicate the gospel to nonbelievers; we must also intentionally celebrate the gospel before them.” ― Timothy Keller
  4. “In the darkest times of your life, your praise to God should be the loudest. Let the enemy know you’re not afraid of the dark.” ― Stormie Omartian
  5. “Praise is declaration, a victory cry, proclaiming faith to stand firm in the place God has given you. Praise is a proclamation that the enemy's intent to plunder you will not rock you. Praise declares that you will not be moved by the enemy's attempt to snatch you away.” ― Darlene Zschech
  6. “The origins of many of the different expressions of worship can be found in the Psalms, which portray worship as an act of the whole person, not just the mental sphere. . . Physical gestures and movements are also mentioned in the Psalms."― Emilie Barnes
Photo by Renata Drygiel. Text added.

Photo by Renata Drygiel. Text added.

7. “I might not be a good singer but I will praise and worship God with all my heart. I might not be the best dancer but I will dance for the Lord all the days of my life.” ― Euginia Herlihy

8. “Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes! Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals.” Psalm 150: 4, 5

9. “But the most obvious fact about praise -- whether of God or anything -- strangely escaped me. I thought of it in terms of compliment, approval, or the giving of honor. I had never noticed that all enjoyment spontaneously overflows into praise. . . because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation.” ― C. S. Lewis

10. “Do you think God truly meant for us to keep Him locked in the church? . . . He wishes for us to think about Him wherever we are. And a voice singing His praises at a ball is far less irreverent than a stone-cold heart sitting in a pew.” ― Hayden Wand

More Sundown Devotionals

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  • Sundown Devotional: Thankful for Little Pieces
    We usually plan our thanksgiving for the end of the journey. Meanwhile, we neglect to say thanks for the little steps leading up to the outcome. Why not say thanks for every little piece of progress?

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