I’m not a dancer. Whenever I go to weddings, I always sit around and watch other people dance. I enjoy watching other people try to bust a move on the dance floor and make a fool out of themselves, but I’m not willing to look foolish myself. Plus I’m white and we all know white folk can’t dance.
In 2 Samuel 6, we see this account of David dancing before the Lord. Let me set this up for you. The people of Israel had just came from a great victory and they were bringing the ark of the covenant, this represented the presence of the Lord, back to their city. So there was need to celebrate. There was an excuse to rejoice. The Bible records that David, the king, was dancing “with all his might” in front of the ark of the covenant (See 2 Samuel 6:14). David was leading the charge. Here is the king, the person who probably didn’t need to be making a fool out of himself in front of everyone else, dancing like a mad man. David didn’t care how ridiculous he looked. He didn’t care how foolish people thought he was. He didn’t care what others thought of him. He was more concerned about what God thought of him. So he danced. He even said this when questioned why he was doing what he was doing:
David said to Michal, It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor. (2 Samuel 6:21-22 NIV)
I believe a lot of times in our lives we refuse to dance because of what others may think about us. I know this because I’ve been there. I got the hat and t-shirt. There has been areas of my life, and there still are, where I haven’t danced when I should have danced. I haven’t celebrated where I should have celebrated. I haven’t rejoiced where I needed to rejoice. Because I was to worried about the opinion of everyone else. I was focused on the applause of man rather than the approval of God. But I was recently hit with this: Opinion is what others think of you. Forgiven is what God thinks of you. The bible says that God dances over you (See Zepheniah 3:17). So why not dance for God?
So where in your life do you need to start dancing? Are you more concerned about the applause of man rather than the approval of God? Is there any area in your life where you may be dancing but not with everything you have?