(Psalm 118:27) The Lord is God, and he has given us light; let the holy dance be ordered with branches, even up to the horns of the altar.
Anna Pavlova was a late 19th century Russian ballerina who loved to dance. She was widely regarded as one of the best classical ballet dancers in history. She was best known in her single performance of Dying Swan and was the first ballerina to tour around the world. When she was younger ballet did not come easy to her. She had arched feet and small ankles which hindered her development into a great ballerina. She worked hard by taking extra lessons and by working past her deficiencies. Pavlova would not let anything get in her way from dancing. While in Hague, she developed a case of pneumonia. She was told that surgery could be the only means to help bring healing to her body. Unfortunately, she could never dance again. Pavlova made the following statement, "If I can't dance then I'd rather be dead." She died three weeks short of her 50th birthday. She left behind a great legacy and demonstrated her passion for the dance.
You are probably wondering," What does this have to do with the Holy Dance?" Well wonder no more! Anna Pavlova was a great ballerina. She was the master of her craft, but her dancing was not for the Lord. It was beautiful, unique, and extravagant, but could not compare to the holy dance to God.
King David gives us an account of the Holy Dance before the Lord. Holy dancing before the Lord is total surrender and the letting go of dignity all for the sake of the Lord.
2 Samuel 6:12-23 And they said to King David, The blessing of the Lord is on the family of Obed-edom and on all he has, because of the ark of God. And David went and took the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the town of David with joy. (13) And when those who were lifting the ark of the Lord had gone six steps, he made an offering of an ox and a fat young beast. (14) And David, clothed in a linen ephod, was dancing before the Lord with all his strength. (15) So David and all the men of Israel took up the ark of the Lord with cries of joy and sounding of horns. (16) And when the ark of the Lord came into the town of David, Michal, Saul's daughter, looking out of the window, saw King David dancing and jumping before the Lord; and to her mind he seemed foolish. (17) And they took in the ark of the Lord, and put it in its place inside the tent which David had put up for it: and David made burned offerings and peace-offerings to the Lord. (18) And after David had made the burned offerings and the peace-offerings, he gave the people a blessing in the name of the Lord of armies. (19) And he gave to every man and woman among all the people, among all the masses of Israel, a cake of bread and a measure of wine and a cake of dry grapes. Then all the people went away, every man to his house. (20) Then David came back to give a blessing to his family. And Michal, Saul's daughter, came out to him and said, How full of glory was the king of Israel today, who let himself be seen uncovered by his servant-girls like a foolish person uncovering himself without shame! (21) And David said to Michal, I was dancing before the Lord, who put me over your father and all his sons, to make me a ruler over the people of the Lord, over his people Israel: and I will go on playing before the Lord; (22) And I will do even worse than this, and make myself even lower in your eyes: but the servant-girls of whom you were talking will give me honour. (23) And Michal, Saul's daughter, had no child till the day of her death.
David had endured much on this day of dancing. He had battled to get the Ark of God to Jerusalem. On one attempt some lost their lives for not following the word of God correctly. When David was finally able to bring the Ark to Jerusalem, there was exuberant joy pouring out at the seams. His dance was holy for it was a dance committed to worship. It was a dance committed to joy and celebration. The Living God had come to His city again! David had to dance even when his wife did not like it. The dance was ordered by the spirit and the anointing from the Dance brought sanctification and divine freedom. David was changed on this day of the dance and forever edged within our spirits the passion for the Lord.
When was the last time you dance before the Lord? When was the last time you let it go before the Lord? Let the Holy dance be ordered!