Sunday, June 8, 2008

Dance the Word

All of the technical training in the world will not cause us to be anointed. Having a sincere heart to dance before the Lord will give us grace for a season, but it is the Word that will sustain us. Many dancers are claiming to be dance ministries without a grasp on what the Bible tells us about movement and ministry.

Knowing the basic scriptures concerning dance is a start. Miriam and David are household names among Christian dance supporters, but dance with an understanding will come with devoted Bible study and prayer. The songs that we select should line up with several Biblical accounts and the movement should demonstrate God's heart on the matter.

We cannot depend on others to do the research and the teaching for us. We are each accountable for what we know. Even children that dance should be able to recount the premise of why they dance the Word. As each dancer does his or her part to study to be approved and unashamed, the corporate body of dance ministers will be helped as we open doors to more dance ministries who are sincere about the Lord and His calling.

Exodus 15:20 (NKJV)
[ 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.

1 Samuel 18:7 (NKJV)
So the women sang as they danced, and said: “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.”

2 Samuel 6:14 (NKJV)
Then David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod.

Psalm 149:3 (NKJV)
Let them praise His name with the dance; Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.

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

Ecclesiastes 3:4 (NKJV)
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance;

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