Would you not do this if the LORD Jesus Christ had made you whole?
There is a time for everything. I know sometimes we are to be sitting at His feet, silent, still and listening. But is there not a time to leap and dance before our Lord also?
Ecclesiastes 3 says there is a time for everything.
In 2 Samuel 6 David danced before the Lord and was called a man after GOD’s own heart.
In Acts 3 tells of a man that is healed through the ministry of Peter, and we know it was not by this man but by faith in CHRIST, his feet now are strong, and he enters the temple courts, walking and leaping and praising God.
Was this wrong? Some may have thought he was nuts or insane. I am sure there were doubts and judgement in the thoughts of some of those standing around watching this man jump and leap before GOD praising HIS NAME! But he was made whole and his joy was overflowing.
These people who watched were the same who killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead as He had promised He would. By faith in the name of Jesus, this man was healed, and his joy set his feet a leaping. Maybe his feet had been in bondage so long that they couldn’t help but leap forth with joy.
What if your chains just fell to the ground and everything that had been holding you captive was gone? Would you leap, sit, fall down prostrate? How about emotions? I would like to bet you would have some emotions and who is the author of our emotions?
Why do we, today, like to sit in judgement to how we should be “acting” when we praise our LORD? Why do we put rules from a man made list of documents on people? What does the word of GOD tell us? He said these stories, in the Bible, were written for our learning and did He not keep these stories of leaping, praising, and dancing before GOD in there for our learning?
When one repents, turns to God, so that their sins are wiped out (no longer remembered) is this not a reason to rejoice? Should we not be allowed to run leaping before the LORD? Or should we be required to sit with hands folded, bowed heads, thanking God quietly within our hearts – maybe? What if we leaped, jumped, and praised GOD and worshipped Him with dancing? Would we be kicked out of the church?
OK, I realize, we don’t have to do this in church, or even in public, but what about the privacy of our own homes? Do we ever fully let all walls down and come before the LORD with true thanksgiving? I wonder how many have been stifled by mans laws and expectations? Yes, I know God is a God of order, and I am not saying we should be leaping about all day long but isn’t there a place, a time to do this? His word says there is in Ecclesiastes 3.
There are times when worshipping in the “church” that I simply do not want to sit still, or just stand, but I must raise my arms up in praise to HIM with my whole heart. Is this wrong? Should I be more concerned about mans rules or could I be free to be so fully focused on HIM that I may truly worship HIM WHOLE HEARTED?
I come before you LORD, today, asking if we may have the passion of our salvation renewed and may you restore the true JOY of healing to our memory with great thanksgiving. May we not fear the rejection, and laws, of man but be allowed to fully worship and rejoice in YOU, the LORD and Savior of our souls, who has made us whole!