Ain’t nobody stepping on King David’s groove! 2 Samuel 6:16

Posted on 04/06/2012

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“When the Spirit of the Lord comes upon my heart, I will dance like David danced”– OK, so that’s not the scripture, I will come to that in a moment, but it is a great gospel song guaranteed to get you practicing your one-two-step!

So, dancing before the Lord – thoughts?

Perhaps it’s a cultural thing, but personally, I have never been much of a fan. Probably because any time I’ve seen it, the movers look like they’ve just rain-danced their way out of a peace conference. You know the sort, bum-length hair, toe-length skirts, either bare-footed or sandalled, and spinning around so much they make the onlooker dizzy, let alone themselves!

How judgmental do I sound!? The truth is that, from reading this passage I have realised that, whilst desiring to have a heart like David and be “a man after God’s own heart”(1 Samuel 13:13-14 / Acts 13:22), it would appear that my attitude is more like that of Michal – the one who despised David, and thought him a fool.

BAM. Ouch.

So what needs to change? I’m not saying that God wants us all to start boogying our way through the pews, but the time has come when people gather to worship “…in the Spirit and in truth”(John 4:23-24)– NOT in accordance to the British church-goers rules and regulations. The fact of the matter is, when the Spirit of God moves, so do we. And whilst all things should be done “decently and in order”(1 Corinthians 14:40)– the context being with regards to demonstrating certain spiritual gifts – this is a caution for the church not to let things get completely out of hand, NOT to stop the action altogether. Take prophecy for example, there is no point in prophesying left right and centre as the messages won’t get heard, the meaning gets lost and the people, confused – and “God is not a God of disorder(1 Corinthians 14:33)

When the hand of God touches the soul of man, there is bound to be a reaction. Now, we mustn’t confuse Divine effect with Human response. For example, I’m not entirely clued up on the thought that the Holy Spirit physically pushes people over, though I do believe that a reaction to an encounter with the Holy Spirit might be to fall, or to kneel or to lie face down. All are legit examples in scripture. But I’ve been prayed for where the one praying has tried to push me over, ‘excuse me? no thank you’. We are taught that the Lord is a gentlemen, and that we have a will to choose. We can choose whether or not we respond: God might give us the message, but we have to open our mouths. He might reveal His majesty, but we have to bend the knee…

Dancing may be un-british, but it is not un-biblical, and we have Scripture as a means of “testing all things”, so that we don’t “stifle the holy Spirit”(1 Thess 5:19+21). Conclusion? If in doubt, look it up!

I don’t know about you but I think I may need to loosen up a little. In 2 Samuel 6, when Michal said, pardon the paraphrase, “David you look a fool! You’re humiliating yourself”, his response was “back off woman, I’m dancing for the Lord, not for you, and not for anyone else!”– He was even willing to look more foolish, for the sake of expressing his joy to God.

God wants our hearts to be soft and responsive to His action in our lives. When we realise this, maybe we will see that the ‘hippy’ becomes a worshipper, the ‘rain-dance’ an expression of worship, and the joy, something that we can celebrate and who knows, maybe even learn the moves to…

Now who am I to step on that?

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