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Dance Like David Danced...

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Dancing for God has always been a joy and a blessing. Whenever I get to dance before the Lord it allows to me do several things; 1) Give Him what I believe to be my utmost, bold and daring worship as a man to dance and give glory 2) Minister to those in the congregation and hope my praise, my movement for God to whatever song we are dancing to will touch them, move them and get closer to God 3) Get past my own insecurities of praise to my God.

I am a dancer by blood. I grew up dancing, involved in dance organizations and choreographing etc. When I danced int he secular world, it was out of arrogance, to show how good I am and to dominate the dance floor and popularity. How funny, when i joined the church way back when, and Deacon Karita asked me to dance for 2-3 months I kindly declined because I couldn't see myself dancing in church. I have seen praise dancing and thought it was out of my realm, not my kind of dancing, not masculine enough and I didn't want to be looked at a certain way. But as I started growing in my faith, growing in my word and understanding that this body is the body the Lord gave me and that my body was an instrument of praise and that I could and should use my gifts for dancing to praise God, I went full speed ahead and never looked backed. I have been able to get other men to dance with me and sometimes I am the only male dancing with an all female ensemble if you will.

Sometimes there can be self doubt and feeling awkward of being the only man dancing. Sometimes as much as I love dancing for the Lord, I wish there were more men who would be up there with me. When those thoughts enter my mind, I am reminded of David in 2 Samuel 6:4 

 

Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, 15 while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.

David was bold. David was unashamed and David danced with all his might. I am a man who is and should not be afraid to praise the Lord with all I have, because He deserves all of the glory, He deserves all of me and it's not about being the only man dancing as much as it's about sharing my public praise with my congregation. Showing other men, it's OK to step outside of our comfort zone and shout, clap and move our feet for the Lord, because sure enough if we were all at a birthday party or celebration we would be shaking our behinds to the music we hear! So God often reminds me that with every breath, every step that I have on this earth whether it's with a group of women or by myself, I will Dance Like David Danced!!! Always and Forever because My God who continues to show my mercy and grace deserves it, because my God who came down as man and died on the cross, deserves it. So if you are a man, and you feel uncomfortable dancing before the Lord...then I say good..let's step out of our comfort zones together..let's dance because I know He has done a might wonderful things for you and your families lives..let's dance just of joy of having Christ in our lives!!!

 

 

6 Comments

Minister Clark on September 14, 2016 9:36am

Amen! What a testimony. What a joy when we actually get out of our own way and let God use us for His purpose. Not only are you allowing yourself to be transformed by the Lord, but you are also breaking through stereotypes and encouraging us all to praise and worship God unabashedly!

Rev. Dr. David Holder on September 14, 2016 1:55pm

Thanks for sharing your testimony Greg! I would bet there are a number of men who love to dance, but have yet to dance for the Lord. I think the world has done a number on us men--we don't see ourselves as dancing for God--it is perceived, incorrectly of course, as being too feminine. The question then becomes how do we break that stereotype.

Tanya on September 14, 2016 7:45pm

Dance is one of the spiritual uplifting, encouraging way that I personally had the pleasure to have been a part of praying My Heavenly Father at NYCC. Every time I see you (Minister Greg) dance as David dance full of the holy spirit it wows me. Keep up the praises

Minister Millings on September 15, 2016 8:47pm

Amen Brother! To God be the Glory... As I read your testimony/post I'm reminded of how insecurities and fear can shackle one's heart and can keep people silent before an Awesome God. God truly deserves it all. There's great freedom in worshiping the Lord without worry, without fear, without doubt, as you expressed. Keep allowing the Lord to use you!

Melanie on September 19, 2016 4:18pm

Min. Greg, how powerful is it to see men dance for Christ!!! Thank you so much for sharing your testimony. Because we know men can be strong and yet insecure, it is truly awesome to see you be bold and fearless and so open to the Holy Spirit as you praise Him in dance.

Minister Alex Smith on October 3, 2016 12:06pm

What a powerful testimony and witness to encourage other brothers to uninhibited worship. When I see brothers participate in liturgical dance it compliments the sisters and enhaces the worship experience. Truly a blessing, thank you for sharing your testimony minister.

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