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Dancing, Is It Scriptural?
By David L. Martin
        Dancing.  Does the thought make you uncomfortable?  Isn't that something that only the heathen do?  Not at all.  Actually, dancing is very Scriptural and important in worship.
“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing...”
Psa 30:11 NKJV

“Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
Let them praise His Name with the dance...”
Psa 149:2-3 NKJV
“Praise Yahuwah... Praise Him with the timbrel and dance...”
Psa 150:1-4

“Now as the ark of Yahuwah
came into the City of David, Michal, Saul's daughter, looked
through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before Yahuwah...”
2 Samuel 6:16

“Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion,
streaming to the goodness of Yahuwah...
Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance,
And the young men and the old, together;
For I will turn their mourning to joy... says Yahuwah.”
Jer 31:13-14
        Now the dancing that is being referred to here in these passages of Scripture is not talking about secular dancing to boyfriend or girlfriend, or any other form of dance void of God, but worshipful dance to Yahuwah. It is an outward physical expression of our love and joy in Yahuwah.
        Some places in Scripture where dancing is mentioned, is not known to many of us, because of our English translations. For instance, when speaking of the Appointed Time of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles,) Yahuwah
says,
“Seven days you shall keep a sacred feast (chagag) to Yahuwah your God in the place
which Yahuwah
chooses, because Yahuwah your God will bless you in all your produce
and in all the work of your hands, so that you surely rejoice.”
Deu 16:15
The words underlined are translated from a Hebrew word, which is defined in Strongs as:
chagag

khaw-gag'

A primitive root (compare
H2283, H2328); properly to move in a circle, that is, (specifically) to march in a sacred procession, to observe a festival; by implication to be giddy: - celebrate, dance, (keep, hold) a (solemn) feast (holiday), reel to and fro.
So Deu 16:15 is more accurately translated like this,
“Seven days circle dance to Yahuwah your God in the place which Yahuwah chooses,
because Yahuwah your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your
hands, so that you surely rejoice.”
Deu 16:15
So we can see that dancing (particulary Jewish circle dance) is very Scriptural and desired by Yahuwah for His people to use in worshiping Him. We can worship Yahuwah with not just our voice, or clapping hands, or making music, but by actually dancing to Him, utilizing our whole body in worship.
        Did you know that God dances? In Zephaniah 3:17 we read,
“Yahuwah your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His Love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”
Zep 3:17
The underlined word “rejoice” is translated from a Hebrew word that Strongs defines as:
giyl gul
gheel, gool
A primitive root; properly to spin around (under the influence of any violent emotion), that is, usually rejoice, or (as cringing) fear: - be glad, joy, be joyful, rejoice.
The Hebrew word means to “spin around under violent emotion,” or basically to dance. So Zep 3:17 is more accurately translated as,
“Yahuwah your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His Love,
He will dance over you with singing.”
Zep 3:17
If Yahuwah dances over us with great emotion, isn't it fitting that we dance for Him, our
Heavenly Bridegroom?
        Our family has been truly blessed by doing Jewish circle dances, much like the ones that would have been done in the Temple. It is a wonderful expression and acknowledgement of our love and devotion to Yahuwah. It is Scriptural, and commanded in the Psalms. I hope that you are encouraged to dance for your Bridegroom, Yeshua.
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