Zephaniah 3:17: “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”

I want to be there when the Lord breaks out in song. And why would He do such a thing? I believe His joy is founded in great relief, the kind of relief we feel when we have arrived after an arduous trip; or the relief of hearing good news after a period of dead silence. I believe all that applies to prophet Zephaniah’s description of a very special day: the day of the Lord.

It is the day when the Lord comes home from a long waging battle. In His arms he holds the redeemed. He brings them home safely. All the angst, blood and tears are now forgotten. With the battle stains still on Him, the Lord kicks off His warrior boots and starts singing. There is no “I told you so!” and “If you had only listened you would have avoided trouble”. Our Savior wastes no time with the past. He is in the “here and now.” The Lord tremendously enjoys the moment when He sees us safe and sound.

In the beginning of all things, I imagine the Trinity singing three-part harmony and dancing with joy when the first life forms were created. God, the pioneer of song and dance, initiated the first song and danced the first dance.

Dance steps go well with a song. Indeed, dance and music are inseparable. And music is one of the most inspiring mediums I know. I believe singing is a primal human need just as eating and sleeping. Music gives us wings.

It is better to dance than to walk and to sing than to talk. We see dancers hit the dance floor who don’t seem to have a contract with gravity; we hear spectacular vocal performances that move us. Maybe this stops you from singing your own song and dancing your own step, but don’t let someone else deter you from doing what only you can do.

Nature swaying to the heartbeat of the universe, the Lord invites all of us to His dance floor. We could not make Him any happier when we accept His invitation. The Lord does not take the trust we put in Him for granted. He is glad when we choose Him; in fact, He is so enthused that He sings over us.

Life with God is no walk in the park; it’s more like a dance to an unknown melody. In His embrace we swing in rhythm with His steps. We adapt to the constant changes and never stop learning. Moving forward in faith, we know that the Lord our God is with us every step of the way.

“I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance”

Songwriters: Tia Sillers / Mark Sanders

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