Yes I admit I am watching a show where the men are mostly shirtless and the girls costumes don’t leave a lot to the imagination, you guessed it, yes my guilty pleasure is watching Dancing with the Stars and really, the men taking off their shirts has little to do with it (cough), it’s the athletic endurance that impresses me (sputter and oh my)! There is another dance show that my daughter and I like to watch is like American Idol except the young people dance instead of sing, yes we love that one too! I have a little rhythm in my bones after all I am a musician, but the thoughts of dancing like that? First of all I would be having “wardrobe malfunctions” on every show that would have to be censored out, second I don’t think I have the endurance to do any of those dances that take 7-10 hours a day 7 days a week!
That all being said, there is a song I love to hear, not sure of the title but it was recorded by country singer Don Williams, it says, “You’ve gotta sing like you don’t need the money, You gotta love like you’ve never been hurt, you gotta dance like nobody’s watching, It’s gotta come from the heart if you want it to work.” “Come from the heart”, that’s the key words…
2 Samuel 6:14-16 David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with gladness. Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet. Now as the ark of the Lord came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart. David was joyful before the Lord and even with the scornful eyes of his wife, and I love it, he leaped and whirled before the Lord! This dancing King wrote Psalm 149:3 Let them praise His name with the dance; Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp. Then in Psalm 150:3-6 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Would you ever feel the freedom, within yourself, to dance before the Lord, with abandon, in public? Would you do it in private? Ecclesiastes 3:4 “A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance;” I have seen worshipful dancing in a church service that would make your soul raise in praise, that was when it was “coming from the heart”; then I have seen dancing where it was so flesh filled that it made me sick to my stomach, It seemed as if the dancer was more concerned with showing their body than praising the Lord. I was even witness, to this latter kind, when a young lady twirled in her voluminous white skirt and revealed a black thong, and nothing else, underneath it! Needless to say I don’t think anyone’s mind was raised to worship God at that moment in time!
I won’t speak for or against that, I am talking about your own personal “dance” life! If your life is anything like mine, I know that, most of the time, you don’t feel like there is a dancing bone in your whole body, or anything much to dance about, but, I have the feeling that if we could, even if just for a moment and in private, turn on some good praise music and just dance before the Lord, we would feel a whole lot better! By the way, when I was growing up in a Pentecostal church, the dance I am speaking of was called shouting!
OK now pull off your shirt and let’s dance!