Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord. Psalm 150
We praise God in many ways. This is not necessarily done with outward movements, singing, expensive equipment, or instruments. And it is not only done when fellowshipping with others. This offering oozes from the heart and can happen anytime. It usually revolves around thankfulness, acknowledgment, and exaltation. Worship, which is often accompanied by praise, is a constant, Spiritual transformation of the soul. It evokes paradigm shifts and brings us to contrition. We allow God to become more and we become less, and this change can be seen in our lives.
I praise God through song, thoughts, prayer, while reflecting on creation, or even while doing chores. And over the last few years, at times, I do this through spontaneous dancing. It is sometimes combined with various types of music, but other times it’s just the melody of my heart. The dancing does not follow a specific style. I am not a classically trained dancer. I can follow steps or what not, but the Creator didn’t give me this talent. Yet I dance for Him anyway. I am moved by God’s ‘Godness’ and find myself dancing–regardless of current circumstances.
If someone caught me, they might think: “what is she doing?” But I don’t care, except those times I’m getting out of the shower, of course. Yes, I notice my dancing is not confined to times when I am fully clothed. Truth is, in this vulnerable state, I am taken back to the garden. It’s a humbling experience that brings me to submission and rejuvenation. I find myself in a sacred forest of worship where He communes with me. God knows my inner parts, and of course, he knows my outer parts. Haha. Both have flaws and parts I do not consider perfect, yet I praise & worship Him with my spirit, soul, and body.
I’ve noticed a few things about the spontaneous dancing I do…
The dancing is uninhibited. I don’t worry about how this part of my body looks or how I’m moving it. I just lift up my hands, dance, and be free.
I zone out distractions. Though I am aware of what’s around me, I zone out and focus on God. In the process, my soul becomes bare and ready for pruning.
It ushers in worship. I bow down and submit to his will. I commune in the spirit and get lost in his presence. It’s just me, and God. I am open to hearing his voice.
I listen. As the Holy Spirit communes with me, He whispers to me in that still voice; it is sometimes sweet, sometimes bitter, but always provoking growth.
/ Journal Prompt: How is praise & worship growing you in Christ?
With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God. I will give glory to your name forever,” Psalm 86:12