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Wordwise Insight, Issue #116
April 14, 2014


BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): Does the Lord dance over His people?

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Does God Dance?

(Does the Lord dance over His people?)

QUESTION: In church Sunday we sang a song that said, "God dances over me." It bothered me and I cannot find a Scripiture reference to support it. Is this a correct use of Scripture for a song?

ANSWER: H-m-m... Thanks for the question. I think what you describe would bother me, too. And it's not a song I would use personally. You don't actually name the selection, but perhaps you're referring to "Lord of the Dance," written in 1963 by Sidney Carter. You can see more about him and his song on the Cyber Hymnal, here:

However, let me take the other side for just a moment.

When King David brought the ark of the covenant back to Jerusalem, he executed a vigorous and impromptu dance before the procession (II Sam. 6:12-14). His wife, Michal, criticized him for this--mainly, it seems, because she thought it was an undignified way for a king to act (vs. 20).

However, David declared his willingness to humble himself before his people (vs. 21-22). And the Lord seems to have supported his position, as the Bible says Michal was barren for the rest of her life (vs. 23).

Several quick points about that incident.

1) Michal refers to the king "uncovering" himself in public. But I don't think we should infer from that that he was stark naked. He simply removed his kingly outer robe, so he could move more freely.

2) This was not some kind of sexy, suggestive dance, such as is performed on immoral videos today. It was likely more of a Hebrew folk dance. Or, he simply leaped and twirled with giddy joy. (The way contestants and their families sometimes do on a quiz show, when they win a lot of money. Or the way some of us do when our football team wins.)

Spontaneous expressions of joy and devotion--though they may fly in the face of the usual propriety and political correctness--are not necessarily...

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