These verses provide the basis for why we should praise, worship and revere our Heavenly Father. We are not worthy of the many blessings that the Lord allows us. He is our Lord and is in a covenant relationship with all of Israel. We are able to feel confident as we strive to know Him and are known by Him. He should expect us to honor Him and we honor Him through our praise and worship. Think about it. If we do not praise Him, who will?
We should worship Him by singing, playing music, dancing, and shouting His praises to glorify His name.
When we first came into the Messianic walk, it was not unusual to see people dancing during worship. The only problem was that most of them were females below the age of 18. We had great worship, full of many powerful songs. At that time I loved to worship the Lord with song. Those who know me know that I have never been a great singer, but that did not stop me. Of course, some around me probably didn’t appreciate my singing, but I was not singing for them! At that point in time I would have never thought about dancing with our congregation.
As time passed by, I noticed that some of the young men had started dancing with the rest of the congregation. My wife and I had numerous conversations about the next generation of men who would not be hindered by their ability to praise the Father. They wouldn’t be worried about what others would think. After some time my wife started dancing during our congregational praise and worship. Soon after I got up and danced with them, but felt very uncomfortable. Must be a man thing. At some point I came to the conclusion that this uncomfortable feeling that I had was of the flesh. I believe that the Lord expects and deserves to be worshipped with everything that we have. We should not allow our flesh to cheat us out of the opportunity to show him the power of our love.
We should be concerned about what it says in John 4:23, “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
I believe that we should all set a good example for the generations to come. They will be the congregation leaders, the worship leaders, dancers and singers.
I feel that we are in practice for a time when we will be able to dance on the streets of Jerusalem and before the Son of Man. Will you choose to do as David did in 2 Samuel 6:14 “And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.” Or will you sit on the sidelines like I did for so long? My prayer is that you will participate in worship that is worthy of the mighty one of Israel.