The Lord of The Dance
Dance changes the biochemistry of the brain and touches what is spiritual within us.
In the bible dance is described as a celebration and worship
In the Hebrew language there are 44 words to describe dance and only one is a possible reference to secular dancing with no religious connections
In the Aramaic language which Jesus spoke, the word for dance and rejoice are the same.
The most frequent type of dance the Israelites used was a circular dance either in a procession or a circle.
Some days are tough for us in a world that seems to have gone upside down
Some days our hearts are filled with grief and uncertainty
Some days are filled with anxiety
However, I have found that in the worst days when my heart is breaking
Because I have a wounded heart
I am weary of the fight
I know the joy of the Lord is my strength
But joy may have been buried with grief
Some days I am unable to pray
I am alone with the pain
A no one understands pain
A heart that knows shame
I turn on my music, my special song
And I turn the volume up
And I dance!
Be a dancing fool and in that moment in time, just focus on the music
Move your body as best you can
Sit down on a chair
Move a finger
Dance in your mind
Dance like a dancing fool
Your heart once again will be filled with joy
Be a child once again and let yourself go in the wonder of his glory
I have more questions than answers
I am just the storyteller
In the movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark, the ark that plays the central role is the Ark of the Covenant. In fact, that Ark did exist, but has never been found. It was the temple that was mobile, carried on the shoulders of the priests on the journeys and battles. It had great power. When it was carried to the banks of the Jordon the the feet of the priests who carried it parted the waters so they could cross. It was made of wood and gold representing humanity and God.
In the time of this story David was king. The ark was being carried home to Jerusalem and David was celebrating.
"Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and sounds of trumpets."
"As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michael daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart." /2 Samuel 6:23
David danced before the Lord with all his might
Twisting and swirling
Filled with joy
He had thrown off his royal robes and wore a simple linen ephod
It was the dress worn by a child when admitted to service in a priest's family
He became a child
Michael's scorn was more due to the fact that the dance appeared an act of humiliation
David answered her:
"It was before the Lord who chose me
I will celebrate before the Lord
I will be more undignified then this and I will be more humiliated in my own eyes."
Perhaps we should shed our time sheets and our prayer books
Perhaps we should turn off our phones reminding us of time
And get in to the wonder of the Lord of the Ark
Become undignified in Him
Discard the long faces, like David discarded his royal robes
The more ritual, the more gowns, the less grace
Where is the passion?
Where is the wonder?
"I will dance, I will sing
Nothing to The Lord is hindering
The passion in my soul
And I will become more undignified than this
Some would say it is foolishness but
I will become more dignified than this." Matt Redman
The temple is the foreshadow of Christ
Jesus when he came replaced the Ark
It is the law laying at our feet in broken pieces
Even as the law was shattered at the feet of Moses
Christ is the end of the law
The law apart from Christ is a terror to our hearts
As David danced before the Ark
We dance to the One who has broken the law
We now have a covenant of grace that we can dance in front of
Shall we not dance with more joy than David did?
"Oh, the Holy Ghost will set your feet a dancing
The Holy Ghost will thrill you through and through
The Holy Ghost will set your feet a dancing
And set your heart a dancing too
David danced before The Lord
He danced with all his might
His heart was filled with Holy joy
His spirit was so light
Now many saints are cold and bored
By unbelief today
They want the blessings of the Lord
But worry what men say
Oh, let The Lord have full control
From dead traditions part
And he will set you free within
You will have a dancing heart." Roy Turner
In the book of Revelation chapter 11 verse 9 it states.
"God's temple in heaven was opened and the ark of the covenant was seen within his temple".
When heaven's gate is opened the real genuine ark of the covenant will be found. It was never lost. It was always there and one day we will see Him in all His glory when the temple in heaven is open
Dance! Dance! Dance!