I enjoy sports a lot. When football season rolls around, you know I am going to be rooting for the Cowboys (and yes, Dez did make that catch!). During basketball season, like right now, I am always rooting for the Mavericks. Unfortunately, I have never had the opportunity to go to a Cowboys game (if is definitely on my bucket list), but I have had the chance to see several Mavericks games.
In the early-mid 2000’s, the Mavericks and Kings had a feud every year during the playoffs. One year my dad got playoff tickets for my brother, me and him. The game went down to the wire, and the stadium was electrified with energy. No one was sitting down, and everyone was cheering and chanting. When the final buzzer finally sounded, and the Mavericks won, there were shouts of cheer that rang throughout the building. Random strangers were high fiving each other, hugging each other, and giving each other chest bumps. You could feel the excitement… the energy… the passion… the love for the game and their team. It oozed out of every MFFL (Mavs Fan For Life), pure adoration for their team.
No one thinks it is strange for a stadium filled with 20,000 fans to go crazy. Actually, it would give us pause if the fans did not act with enthusiasm. Even the most introvert person can feel the energy, and engage in the excitement. It is human nature to burst in adoration of something that we find praise worthy. We laud that which we deem worthy of our approval, and our body, soul, and spirit in unison cooperate in the tribute. It is almost an out-of-body experience… we are just so full of joy and excitement on the inside… it has to boil out!
We find David in 2 Samuel 6 completing one of the most momentous accomplishments of his rule. The Ark of God was finally being returned to Jerusalem and the Tabernacle. Although there was failure when they attempted to do it their way instead of God’s; they finally got the Ark back to Jerusalem.
Upon it’s arrival, David had a moment that the Bible simple describes as dancing. David got the “can’t help its”. You have never heard of the “can’t help its”? the “can’t help its” is when you have one of those “too much inside… has to come outside” moments like MFFL did at that playoff game. David was so full of excitement, enthusiasm, and praise that it just boiled out… he couldn’t help it.
Actually, when Michal, David’s wife, condemned David for dancing he simple told her, “I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own site…” AKA, I will do it more and greater… I MUST!
To dance before the Lord does not mean to actually cut a rug or bust a move. It is not actually dancing as we often think of dancing. But instead is the bodily expression of praise that mere words will not suffice to convey. The scriptural notation of the word danced literally means to skip, and at that unpremeditated (spontaneous).
Psalm 33:1 says, “Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.” Praise is comely, it is fitting and right. When we are indeed made righteous before God through the blood of Christ, we ought to praise Him. To sing to the Lord, to shout to the Lord, and yes, even to dance before the Lord are all fitting, right, comely, and proper for the believer. Actually, we should think it strange when a believer who has been saved from Hell refuses to praise.
I am not telling you to go dancing, but I am going to ask you to “dance”. It has become unpopular in modern Christendom to express any physical praise, and it is to our detriment. We have allowed those who feign being filled with the Spirit, still the praise from those of us who actually have the Holy Spirit! Lifting hands, shouting, singing, and dancing are all very very Biblical expression of praise. Why don’t we do them.
I have a theory of why they are missing from your life. Yeah you… when is the last time you said “amen” in church? Read 1 Corinthians 14 (mainly verse 24) and tell me “prophesy” by all is not Biblical? When is the last time you raised your hand in church or in private praise? Read Psalm 134:2 and Psalm 63:4, and tell me praise does not incorporate lifting hands. When is the last time you shouted to the Lord because a whisper just did not covey his majesty? Read Psalm 47:1, and you will find praise is loud! When is the last time you sang from your soul unto the Lord? Read Psalm 150:1-6, and it will make you want to pull out a hymnal and belt it out to the Lord. When is the last time you had so much joy from the Lord on the inside that it boiled onto the outside and you got the “can’t help its”? Read Psalm 149:3, Psalm 150:4, and 2 Samuel 6 and you will find it is comely and fitting for a believer to dance!
Why is it missing from your life? Simple, God just isn’t that amazing to you. No true MFFL would sit on their hands when the Mavericks won their first NBA title in 2011. To have done so would communicate that you were not a true fanatic… you were not all in. When we have no NORMAL human and Christian responses to God’s overwhelming goodness, then we communicate we are unimpressed.
I cannot tell you the times when God was so evident and real in my life that I couldn’t help but dance before Him. I am glad there are no youtube videos floating around, because it was not graceful. But it isn’t supposed to be… you are not trying to impress someone; you are trying to Praise Him.
Why not take some time to praise the Lord today. Sing to Him, raise you hand, pray with thanksgiving, and if it gets too much to keep it in… dance before the Lord.
Daily Scripture Reading
2 Samuel 4 - 7
2 Samuel 5:3
“So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a league with them in Hebron before the LORD: and they anointed David king over Israel.”