The Divine Dance

The Great, Almighty God, the infinite Creator of the universe, takes great delight and unsurpassed joy from our relationship with Him.

“The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing” (Zeph. 3:17).

God is quietly contented in His love for every person on the planet. Someone once said that if God had a refrigerator our picture would be on it and if He had a wallet our photo would be in it. He longs for people to feel the peace of His presence, the beating of His heart next to theirs.

In Hebrew, the word ‘rejoice’ contains the suggestion of “dancing for joy,” or “leaping for joy,” since the verb originally meant “to spin around with intense motion.”

The word for ‘singing’ in this verse is more like a shout of rejoicing, or loud cheering in triumph. It describes the kind of joyful shouting at the time of a great victory. The picture portrayed is of a God who dances over His beloved people with singing and loud shouts of joy. Can you fathom the Author of joy, the Creator God, spinning around wildly, dancing a jig, and breaking out into singing as the pleasure of heaven is expressed over you!

The early Greek church had a word for this perichoresis. Notice our word “choreography” within it. It means literally to “dance or flow around.” 

When was the last time you danced with Jesus.

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