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Does God Dance?


Credit: Jonathan Chen/Flickr/Creative Commons

Credit: Jonathan Chen/Flickr/Creative Commons

A Bible verse recently caught my attention:

“The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy. He will be quiet in his love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” (Zephaniah 3:17 NASV)

The Hebrew word, ‘rejoice,’  means to “spin around under violent emotion.” The phrase “rejoice over you” literally means to “dance, skip, leap, and spin in joy.”

So, the latter part of this verse is more accurately translated, “He will dance over you with singing.”

I love the visualization that comes to my mind when I read this.  God is portrayed as a mighty warrior, singing and dancing over me with shouts of joy.

It describes how a warrior must have felt in the Old Testament after winning a hard-fought battle and realizing the victory was his.

I can envision power, authority and strength exuding from him as he steps into a victory dance. I imagine whooping, hollering, leaping, dancing and victory shouts.

We see it today, as well. It’s not much different from a team hitting a winning field goal on the final play in the Super Bowl or striking the winning goal in the World Cup.

There are tears, shouting, rejoicing, dancing and singing. It’s not hard to picture because we see it all the time.

For generations, singing and dancing have been the ultimate expressions of joy.

Yet, many people perceive God as stern, gloomy and servile, but Zephaniah does not describe the Lord this way.

The prophet portrays God as glad and  happy as He delights in His creation — His sons and daughters — you and me!

Therefore, we should not be ashamed or embarrassed to dance with joy since God is in our midst rejoicing over us.

It is a holy union as God delights in us and we in turn rejoice in His love!

“For as a young man marries a virgin. So your sons will marry you. And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so your God will rejoice over you.” (Isaiah 62:5 NASV)

I love to dance in worship to the Lord during church services. I sense His presence and that He is very close to me.

Sometimes, I feel like God is dancing with me even as I revel in His presence. I rejoice in God as He rejoices in me.

This is not the perception of God that many of us have.  We need to begin visualizing God’s love for us in light of this passage.

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6 Comments

  1. Donna Kirk says

    This is good ! Thank you thank you for sharing that God really is rejoicing over us💓

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  2. While I enjoyed your article and your visualizations, I can find no evidence the you are interpreting the meaning of rejoice (Zephaniah 3:17) correctly. What is the source of your translations? I am using Strong’s Greek and Hebrew dictionary it it translates rejoice as “a primitive root: to be bright; that is, cheerful; -be glade, X greatly, joy, make mirth”

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    • Thanks for your comment and my apologies for my delay in getting back to you as my husband and I were traveling. You are correct that rejoicing is the major definition of the word, but according to the Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon to the OT, it includes the idea “to be glad, prop. to leap for joy, used in the Zabian language of the leaping of horses.” It speaks of such excitement and joy that it produces leaping, that I interpreted as dancing. — Barb

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  3. Thank you for this view on that scripture. I recently had an encounter where I was dancing with God but I questioned the legitimacy because I had not seen it in scripture prior. I knew it was a real encounter but my logic was pulling me back because I didn’t want to err or step outside of the word. I decided to study a little deeper to find out if it was just my emotions or if God really does dance with us and over us and I found your writing. I am at peace to say the least and over joyed at the fact that God would dance over me…over us!!!

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