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Dancing witnessescomment (0)

January 6, 2005


I am writing to the five men who wrote about the differences in worship between the “older generation” versus the “younger generation.” I have an 87-year-old grandfather who is a retired pastor who loves praise and worship music and dance, so this is not a generational thing. It is a God thing and how He uses an instrument to touch your heart and soul.

I was first introduced to praise and worship dance when my daughter was in elementary school. The girls wore beautiful white dresses with gold blouses underneath. However, this is not what made them shine. When they stood up to witness to the audience through dance their little faces changed instantly. They looked as though they were looking straight into the face of Jesus.

These little girls witnessed in churches, nursing homes and in a public mall. They were aware, even at very young ages that what they were doing was for Him and to hopefully touch someone for Jesus. My daughter is now a teenager and has been on several different praise and worship dance teams. These teams not only dance for Jesus they also form Bible study groups with each other to get closer as a group and to God.

The word dance is mentioned six times in the Bible. Dancing is mentioned 14 times. Praise is in there 239 times and worship is there 175 times. I think praise and worship and dance are pretty important, at least in the Bible.

My favorite verse in regard to this is in 2 Samuel 6:16 where David leaped and danced before the Lord. And we all know that God called David a man after His own heart. It sounds to me as though God enjoys leaping and dancing as well.

Debbie Hornsby
Tallassee, Ala.

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