Dancing in the presence of God is a form of praise and tribe is not a barrier to praising God. Monarch and Clergymen were seen dancing and praising God at the just concluded 7-day power-packed Crusade of the Orekoya Region at the capital of Plateau state, Jos Center, Themed – Fear Not.
Forgetting their honorary positions, The General Secretary of Christ Apostolic Church Nigeria and Overseas; Pastor E. E. Mapur, alongside other clergymen, were captured dancing with a monarch, The Oníkùn of Tèmídire; Ọba Moses Fábùsúyì, as they found pleasure in the presence of God.
This brings us to the time of King David in the book of Second Samuel who danced and praised God despite being a king.
2 Samuel 6:14-22 ‘And David danced before the Lord with all his might, clad in a linen ephod [a priest’s upper garment]. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet’.
When we dance for the Lord, we allow him to use us as a vessel so we can receive a blessing. It is not entertainment, neither is it show off, spiritual dancing serves a purpose to praise God.
King David danced before the Lord with all his might which can also be a form of sacrifice to God. Dancing and praising means giving unto God what He cannot give to Himself. God dwells in our praises to Him.
Dancing is mentioned often in the Bible and is used throughout the Old Testament as a means of worship and praise to God.
Dance has been used as a spiritual act for centuries across cultures, including West African dance traditions. In these traditions, dance is not just a form of physical movement but is considered a means of connecting with the divine; an alignment of oneself with the energy cores of the body.
During the praise session of the Orekoya regional Crusade in Jos, the Monarch was seen bowing himself to God which is paying homage to the person in high Authority and as a form of respect and submission to God in the Nigerian culture.
In Ancient history, bowing before kings was a common gesture that was often required upon entering the presence of royalty. However, bowing is not reserved only for greetings, It is a symbol of respect, honour, and reverence.
The book of Psalms 72:11 says ”All kings will bow down to him and all nations will serve him”.
This is evident today as demonstrated by the monarch. The bow also is a symbol of victory!
Written by: Damilola Esther Adeyinka