Saturday, April 19, 2008

Beat It!

We have so many ways in which to praise the Lord! We are not limited to one style of dance. We are not relegated to one style of praise garment. We are not bound by age, gender, or physical ability. There is a place for everyone in the worship experience. Take the shackels off!

Tambourines in the traditional church setting often accompany the musical instruments. Currently, we are seeing tambourine ministries develop and flourish in the churches as liberty in worship prevails. Timbrels often were used by female dancers in the Bible. Miriam the Prophetess and Jephthah's daughter danced with timbrels, commonly know today as tambourines. The timbrels of today are often beautifully decorated and used to bring glory to God.

We are to make a joyful noise unto the Lord! Let us gather our instruments of praise and exalt Him. Do not be afraid to try something new as choreography is being developed. Allow the Lord to ignite a fresh passion for worship in the beauty of holiness!

Exodus 15:20
[The Song of Miriam] Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took the timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.

Psalm 68:25
The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; Among them were the maidens playing timbrels.

Psalm 81:2
Raise a song and strike the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the lute.

Psalm 150:4
Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!

Enjoy this video of the Shekinah Dancers at Joy Conference

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