So Dance Before God

“‘Dance then wherever you may be.  I am the Lord of the dance,’ said He. ‘And I will leave you all wherever you may be, and I’ll lead you all in the dance,’ said He” (Sydney Carter).

“Then David danced and spun around with abandon before Adonai, wearing a linen ritual vest” (2 Sam. 14 CJSB).

I can see David dancing with unbridled joy.  His spirit responding to God’s favor with carefree abandon.  Love made him great, he knew it, and his body reacted with movement.  He, the king of Israel, displayed the love he shared with something greater than himself.  David is the king, but God rules.

Divine leadership brings great joy.  Holy instruction on how to move forward offers each of us peace as we frantically search for the right path follow.  There is no manipulation or self-doubting when God is in charge.  There is only hope, joy, and endless possibilities.  We just surrender to our Creator all that we think we must control and follow His path laid out for us.

What keeps you from dancing?  Is it worries that the day will bring?  Let them go and allow the Holy One to lead you in all your decisions.  You will know peace like you never experienced before.  All it takes is a desire to follow in the ways of God.  Commit to a new way of being in the world. Raise your hands to heaven and dance.

I hope that today finds you in a place where joy flows out of you.  I know that there are times when the last thing you wanted to do is dance.  Life has you stuck in the mud; to express joy is to come across as shallow and demeaning.  While in these moments of uneasiness, God hopes that He may be invited into the very center of your pain.  Out of the most hurtful parts, God plants the seed of life that, if nurtured and cared for, will lead you to dance.

Published by joekmac

I am a pastor in the United Methodist Tradition. I am the Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Belen in the New Mexico Annual Conference. I am married to Cazandra and have two sons with hemophilia.

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  1. This is beautifully written!! Thank you Pastor Joe for blessing us with the gift of your writings!!

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