What Does It Mean To Dance Before The Lord? [Video]

A video popped up in my YouTube feed of someone dancing before the Lord. He was a ballet dancer at the conservatory of Dusseldorf and as he became a Christian, he desired to use his gift of excellence in dance to glorify the Lord. Perhaps this will bless and inspire you.

You see many young, exhuberant worship leaders dancing while they sing and lead us into worship. Have you ever wondered the origins of dancing before the Lord? And what does that mean? Hopefully you have celebrated with them, instead of despising this bold act of worship, like David’s wife did when she saw him leaping and exuberantly twirling before the Lord with joy.

And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart (2 Samuel 6:16).

As we include the Lord Jesus Christ in our everyday life, honoring Him and submitting all that we are and all that we do, then all that we do is “unto” the Lord. Giving, sharing the Gospel, considering the widow and orphan, working diligently on our job and in our business. All that we do in word or deed, we do all in the name of the Lord Jesus (Colossians 3:17).

Second Samuel 6:12b describes how David operated with gladness as he brought up the Ark of the Covenant here “So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness”. Verse 14 declares that he did it with all his might, as unto the Lord. “And David danced before the LORD with all his might, and David was girded with a linen ephod”.

Gospel singer Fred Hammond has a great version of “When The Spirit of the Lord” declaring that we do this because He’s worthy to be praised. Yes, when the Spirit of the Lord comes upon my heart, I will dance like David danced.

If you’d like to see a remarkable video clip showing what this scene could have looked like, it is in the enactment “Dance Like David” here.

How about you? Do you dance before the Lord? Are you inspired to start now? Don’t worry about what others think about your exuberant acts of worship, but give yourself to worship to the One who died for you and has risen from the dead. What if you blessed Him and pleased Him?