Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing. Exodus 15:20
The most valuable thing the Psalms do for me is to express the same delight in God which made David dance.
There are many Christian who are torn apart about dancing. The bible says that women and men danced. Everything was created by God and for God therefore music and dance belong to God.
Dancing can be used in worship, as praise, during feasts, and in worship to idols (other gods). Dancing was also performed to celebrate victories! After David defeated Goliath, the people danced and sang ‘Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands’ (1 Sam. 29:5). After God delivered Israel from Egypt, Moses sister Myriam danced and sang with the women (Exo. 15:20). And after God gave Jephthat the victory from the Philistine, he returned home and his daughter came out dancing to the sound of timbrels! (Jud. 11:34).
When we dance to the Lord we release power because like any art we use our body, skills and talent to express ourselves. With dancing we release power (unction) and we minister to others. An the best part is that we worship the Lord with our bodies.
The Lord gave us a promise to change our mourning to dancing, and stated that there is a time to mourn and a time to dance. So let’s dance for God!
Father God, we thank you for able bodies, for renewed strength and for turning our mourning into dancing. Thank you for allowing us to delight in your presence and that you delight in us as well. I pray for each person who feels ashamed of dancing because of religion to be freed today, anyone who is burdened by grief and mourning to receive your joy today, may you change their sadness into dancing. I give you praise for what you are doing. In Jesus name, Amen.