Friday, July 11, 2008

Lip Service

Dancing is not enough. We must have enough Word in us that we can verbalize His goodness. Some prefer to sing along with songs as they dance. This is not a requirement or a suggestion. Too many dancers hide behind the songs and movements, and cannot tell one personal testimony of the transforming power of God in their own lives.

While we spend time practicing our routines, we should also spend time each day giving Him the fruit of our lips. This does not mean to grab a bullhorn and stand on the street corner and yell Scriptures to passersby. Wherever and whenever we find an opportunity to praise His name, we should jump at the chance. Whether we are in our homes, in the car, taking a shower, riding the elevator, or walking down the street, we can take many moments throughout the day to tell the Lord how wondrous He is to us. The joy that will result cannot be hidden.

The more we magnify the Lord, the more of Him people will be able to see in our lives and ministries. It is not difficult to show conviction, passion, and emotion through dance when we do it on a daily basis. Praise and worship does not start at dance rehearsal, it starts with us.

Job 8:21 (NKJV)
He will yet fill your mouth with laughing, and your lips with rejoicing.

Psalm 40:9 (NKJV)
I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness in the great assembly; Indeed, I do not restrain my lips, O LORD, You Yourself know.

Psalm 51:15 (NKJV)
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise.

Psalm 63:3 (NKJV)
Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.

Hebrews 13:15 (NKJV)
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

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