Sometimes I dance in my living room.
If you’ve been around long enough, you already know that about me.
There are times I sense God close, or am delighted by him and I twirl. For some of you, that makes you uncomfortable. For others, you have your own pair of dancing shoes and you want to join in.
The thing is, I’m a pretty shy girl. I’m not the one running to the dance floor at a wedding. I’m watching others.
Not only that, this post isn’t really about dancing.
It’s feeling free to show God how you feel, and that might not be dancing at all. It might be tears. It might be raised hands. It might be kneeling in reverence, or simply bowing your head to acknowledge his presence.
I’m not going to tell you what that looks like, because there’s not a formula. It’s as individual as your relationship with God.
Let’s look at a few ways that others have freely worshiped God.
Some worshiped with musical instruments (Exodus 15:20-21).
Some stood in awe (Exodus 33:9-10).
Some danced (2 Samuel 6:14).
Some shouted and made noise (2 Samuel 6:15.
Some sang hymns in their darkest hour (Acts 16:25).
Even the sun and earth and sky demonstrates their delight in God (Psalm 66:4).
How is being free in our worship revolutionary?
Let’s look at Jesus.
One day as Jesus made his way down to Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, his disciples danced and shouted his praises beside him. Religious leaders scowled and scolded Jesus, telling him to make his disciples stop.
Jesus said, “If they keep quite, the stones will cry out” (Luke 19:40).
Jesus had wept moments before, surveying the city below. He wept for the lost. He wept for those who hadn’t accepted his love. He was on a mission, moving toward suffering and the cross.
His disciples didn’t fully understand all that was about to take place, but they knew they loved him.
As his disciple (which we are, friends), we are free to worship him.
I doubt that you’ll ever see me dance before the Lord, for God is my intended audience, but if you’ve held back those tears, or felt like falling to your knees was too demonstrative, take the binders off.
Dance if you want to.
Day 8 of 21 Days to Revolutionary Prayer
Look up the verses in the body of this post. Write down one or two in your journal.
Describe what they were feeling.
Q: Does it matter what others thought of them? Why or why not?
Q: What is one reason you might not feel free in worship, even privately?
Give yourself permission to be free in your relationship with God, no matter what that looks like
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