Updated: Aug 23, 2021
One of my favorite songs is by Lee Ann Womack, I Hope You Dance. The song speaks to never losing your sense of wonder and enjoying life and all the wonders that surround us, not fearing, not taking the path of least resistance, and giving the heavens above more than just a passing glance and when you get the choice to sit it out or dance; DANCE!
Psalms 47:1 tells us to clap your hands, all you people; shout to God with the voice of triumph and songs of joy. As I read this passage it made me realize, not for the first time, that my relationship with the Lord is something to be celebrated. Just like throwing a party to celebrate a friend's birthday, wedding, baby shower, retirement, or a new job. I need to be spending more time celebrating my Lord and Saviour. He is the one who has done everything for me. Paid by debt so I can spend eternity in Heaven and is my biggest fan and my loyalist friend. If I can't celebrate someone who has done all that, who can I truly celebrate?
There are times when doing nothing and just spending quiet time with God is imperative. These are the times that you actually can get some answers to your questions, time that hurts can be healed, and truths can be brought into the light. But there is nothing wrong with dancing, singing, and celebrating your love for God. Some dance a bit in the church pew (me), some raise their hands, some close their eyes in reverence and some do all the above.
Revival in Belfast is a great example of throwing a party for God. The Worship Team plays the music and people clap their hands, raise their hands, clap their hands, sing, dance, and all are done in honor and praise of all the goodness of God. There is a time of teaching and there is a time of prayer and all is done with such freedom and even when there are five hundred or more people in the building it is done with the utmost respect for what God stands for. It is a time of renewal and healing. I have never left not feeling better than when I started the weekend. We celebrate God and all he means to us!
There are different ways to worship and different denominations do it differently. Some have worship teams and full bands, some have no instruments, some have just stringed instruments, and so on. I feel so blessed to be part of a church where music plays a vital role and praising the Lord is not only acceptable, it is encouraged.
Luke 19:37-40, it tells the story of how when Jesus was approaching Jerusalem and the followers of Jesus began to praise him with joyful loud voices for all the miracles and works of power they had seen. The Pharisees asked Jesus to rebuke the followers for shouting praises and Jesus said if they keep quiet the stones will cry out in praise. Imagine that, rocks praising the lord. If that doesn't tell us that our praise is wanted then I am not sure what will.
I hope to never live in a world where the believers are quiet and the rocks have to praise the Lord.
So, if I get the choice to sit it out or dance, I am going to dance and sing and clap my hands.
No rocks are required.