A few days ago, I replaced prayer with a dance of praise. Hold up, just hear me out.
Nathaniel Bassey, a Nigerian gospel music producer shared a one minute clip of a dance praise concert, or something of that sort, on his feed. He mentioned something about there being something with dance, something that more than meets the eye.
And I think that’s true, not only because there have been testimonies of people shared linked to having a dance of praise to God, but also because of how dance of praise is also relayed in the Bible. Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!
When the ark was being brought to the city of David, David danced with all his might (2 Samuel 6:14). Multiple places in the Psalms says we should dance to the Lord as praise, that we should sing, make melody! Take Psalm 150 for example,
Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens!
2 Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his excellent greatness!
3 Praise him with trumpet sound;Psalm 150:1-6
praise him with lute and harp!
4 Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
5 Praise him with sounding cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!
Dancing is even associated with gladness in the Bible. David said:
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,Psalm 30:11
I love dancing and so I wanted to dance, with no one watching me. Just dance freely to the Lord, and that I did. Even with my knee issue, I put in a good amount of energy moving those legs. I wasn’t just dancing out of thin air. I danced to a melody, the full clip of what Nathaniel Bassey posted of Joe Praize. Sometimes as I was dancing, I would give God thanks and adore Him. It was good.
I felt free.
Free that I didn’t have to dance just to show people my moves, as I usually did that. It is majorly when people are around or watching me that I choose to burst those moves. On my own, I usually just dance in my head or imagine myself dancing for people to see. Shows how much of an attention seeker I am right? So sad.
This time though, I fought the temptation to imagine a recording of myself dancing and showing the world to see. I just wanted to focus on God and praise His Holy Name. And He indeed helped me to do that for the most part. I was actually filled with joy.
I loved it and would love to do it again. Just not replace prayer with it, because prayer should definitely have its place.