When God Dances
Psalms 29:8 (KJV)
8 The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.
Have you ever wondered, when it says David danced before The Lord with all his might, who taught David to dance? Was it his Father, his Mother, or one of his brothers? While we don’t know how David learned, we most certainly know why he danced.
I mention this because of a Psalm David wrote, specifically a verse, 29:8. Here it states that The Lord shake the the wilderness of Kadesh. In the Hebrew, shake the also means to dance. Wilderness can mean either an open field where cattle are driven, a desert, or even speech. Kadesh means Sanctuary of Holy Place.
If you put it together this way, it states that The Lord dances in the Sanctuary, or Holy Place. Have you ever had a problem you could not solve? Have you ever been in a season when everything seemed to go wrong? Then you went either to Church, or to prayer, and while the circumstances didn’t change, everything suddenly did?
According to this verse, what you essentially experienced was that The Lord danced in your field. Moses experienced this when Israel was thirsting for water in the desert. They were not close to a well, or anything that remotely looked like water, until God got through dancing. The Rock sprang forth water in the desert.
Whether you’re going through a season of blessing, where everything seems to be going your way, or experiencing something else, God can dance in your field. Perhaps, you’re hungry in the desert with only a few fish and loaves. When God gets through dancing in your field, you’ll have more than you need.
David danced before The Lord, because He had seen God move in his situation time and time again. He wanted to show God that he was thankful, and rejoiced with all his might. God loved David, and all of us for He is no respecter of persons so much, that He gave His all on Calvary for us.
In Luke 10:21 it says that Jesus rejoiced greatly, which means in the Greek, leaped for joy. Jesus loved us so much He leaped over the thoughts of us receiving what He was doing. He is not a God Who is uncaring, but a very real, present, and loving God!
We also know that it was also the Jewish custom to dance at celebrations. I can’t help but believe, though admittedly it’s just an opinion, that The Son Of David looked a lot like a certain ancestor when He danced. After all, David’s dance in a very human way, was a response to the actions of God.
Proverbs 15:23 (ESV)
23 To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is!
Perhaps you are not going through a season of difficulty, perhaps you are going through a season of blessing. Do you have a brother that may need some help? The word wilderness also means speech. A word spoken in due season can bring so much joy to someone else. Maybe you have a friend who needs a word of encouragement, a card that says how much you appreciate them, or a text that lets them know you are praying for them.
God may have chosen this time of abundance in your life, to pour into someone else’s need. God may have called you to waltz into the battle they face, and be His answer to their situation. A few simple steps you take can to bless someone God has placed on your heart, may be a melody of hope to them.
David didn’t just dance before The Lord, when he got through, he sent every person in Israel home with a blessing. You and I each have something, whether it’s a word of encouragement, a text, a visit, or a financial opportunity, that can bless our brother or sister. When The Lord directs our steps, He causes us to dance into the needs of others just like David.
In this way, we become God’s feet and hands. We may be able, through a kind word or deed, to bless someone else. In the process, we are blessed, because we are following in his steps, while God is dancing in our field.