David the prophet danced before the Lord as an expression of praise for His blessings (2 Samuel 6:14-16). David’s dancing was an act of solemn and holy joy. To the Hebrew culture, such an activity was a natural mode of expression. David’s dance was similar to that of the lame man who leaped for joy after being healed by Jesus (Acts 3:8-10). Such dancing or leaping, is recommended by Jesus to those who are being persecuted (Luke 6:22, 23). Dancing in worship and praise to God is acceptable “Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp”; “Praise him with the timbrel and dance” (Psalm 149:3; 150:4).
A similar joyous experience is rerecorded in the Bible where Miriam and other women danced to celebrate the victory God’s power that He had brought at the Red Sea. “And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances” (Exodus 15:20).
In contrast to Miriam’s experience of Holy dancing, we find the Israelites engaging in unholy dancing around the golden calf while being naked “…he saw the calf, and the dancing…And when Moses saw that the people were naked; (for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies… he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire” (Exodus 32:6, 19-25). This unholy dancing was sensual and indecent.
There was nothing in the dancing of David, Miriam and others worshiping God that is comparable to the modern dance. Today’s popular dance draws people away from God. It does not inspire the dancer to purer thoughts and life style. It degrades and corrupts. Dancing in a worldly, suggestive and immodest atmosphere is the kind of dancing that should be avoided by Christians.
In His service,
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