Thursday, March 27, 2008

A Mixed Multitude

When many dance teams step into the ministry of motion, often more zeal is displayed than knowledge. All of us have to start somewhere, and honest efforts to dance before the Lord should be welcomed and encouraged. Our total bodies are for the Master's use, and we should make every effort to move our hands and feet. As we grow and develop in our choreography and understanding of the Word, we should show growth in the way that we deliver the message.

When studying the statistics of movement ministry, we can agree that most dance ministries are comprised of women and girls. We are beginning to see more men and boys dance before the King with power and understanding. It is important that we allow mixed-gender ministries to dance together on one accord. This does not mean that we are to all execute the same movements at the same time. There are some movements that appear to be more feminine than masculine. Slight adjustments to the hands or feet can allow the men to move with the women and remain distinct.

There are many men who are waiting in the shadows for their opportunity to dance before the Lord. As we witness the restoration of David's tabernacle, we must remember that David was a radical dancing warrior king for the Lord. We must clear the way for the men to lead the great procession in dance. We can do this by ensuring that men have a place to express themselves with freedom, understanding, and effectiveness.

Psalm 67:3 (NKJV)
"Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You."

Psalm 148:12-13 (NKJV)
"Both young men and maidens; Old men and children. Let them praise the name of the LORD, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heaven."

Jeremiah 31:13 (NKJV)
"Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old, together; for I will turn their mourning to joy, will comfort them, and make them rejoice rather than sorrow."

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