Let them praise His name with dancing; let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre. – Psalm 149:3 NASB
We respond to God’s presence in many ways. We act in many different ways as we think about all that He has done for us and all we owe to Him. Many people stay aloof and bottle up their feelings or are concerned about how others might react and are reluctant to show their emotions. But some people have hearts filled with gratitude and are willing to express these feelings in praise, words, and music.
The psalmist indicates that thoughts of God can inspire dancing. This is the response of souls who truly are moved by God. They feel the pulse coursing throughout their being, so moved that they cannot sit still. These are expressions of complete surrender by those overwhelmed by His presence, men and women who sense His presence in amazing ways. People who realize all that He has done for them are unable to contain their joy and excitement. This is how David responded as the ark of the covenant was brought into Jerusalem. He just couldn’t contain himself and expressed his joy by “leaping and dancing before the Lord” (2 Samuel 6:16).
Think about the many things God has done for you – the joy of salvation, peace, blessings, answers to prayer, protection, forgiveness, freedom, and more. Don’t be shy about expressing what all this means to you. Don’t be inhibited by what others may think. Be ready to sing, raise your hands, and dance before the Lord!
PrayerFather, I rejoice in all that You have done for me. I praise and worship You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Extended ReadingPsalm 149