Many of us sing praise songs to the Lord. But what about dancing while we sing those praises?
Have you heard that dancing is wrong? Possibly you’ve heard that certain Christian denominations are against dancing (maybe even your own).
What does God say about dancing? Let’s go to scripture and find out the truth. His truth.
The word dancing is found in 21 verses in the Bible.
Dancing is mentioned several times in I Samuel regarding David. The people danced with joy, in celebration over David’s battle victories (led by the Lord) against the Philistines (I Samuel 18:6; 21:11; 29:5).
We see references to David dancing in II Samuel (6:14, 16).
“And David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment.” II Samuel 6:14
Ecclesiastes tells us there is a time to dance.
“A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.” Ecclesiastes 3:4
In Exodus 15, verse 20, Miriam danced for God.
In contrast, we see that Moses broke the original Ten Commandment tablets because the Israelites were dancing to a false god – a golden calf. You can read the account in Exodus 32:15 and following. It’s riveting!
In short, God rejoices over our dancing in joy, worship, and celebration of Him and His goodness.
The remaining passages (of the 21 accounts) of dancing in the Bible are listed here for a thorough personal study, if you so choose.
Song of Songs 6:13
The common theme among these verses is more about why people are dancing – what they are celebrating or worshiping. The Bible doesn’t say not to dance. God’s word does, in fact, give us encouragement to worship Him through dancing, if we feel led to demonstrate our joy in this way.
Let us worship the Lord in song (and dance, if you wish) this beautiful and Spectacular Sunday!
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