There is something about figure skating that captures my desire to worship the Lord of the Dance.
Perhaps it is the smooth and flowing freedom of the dancers that speaks to me of unrestrained worship, or it could be the gracefulness of their moves upon the hard ice.
Whatever the reason, this call to worship the Lord mesmerizes me.
King David danced before the Lord with wild abandonment as he brought the ark of God back to Israel (see 2 Samuel 6:12-23).
As a public figure, you would think David might have practiced a little more restraint, yet his inhibitions stepped aside letting his passion for the Lord seize center stage.
Interestingly, David’s wife Michal didn’t appreciate his public display and a childless life became her destiny.
The Olympics draw passion out of participants and viewers.
We admire and cheer those who win medals. We weep the fallen.
We imagine ourselves doing things our bodies would never approve of, yet we secretly desire to express our passions with the disciplined wildness of the athletes who grace our TV screens.
Someday I plan to dance like an Olympic figure skater.
I will use all their wonderful movements set to worship music as I express my heart before the Lord of the Dance.
This isn’t physically possible with the body I currently own—weak ankles and old joints!
So for now, I do the next best thing—I put some worship music on the CD player, close my eyes, and use my imagination to unrestrainedly and gracefully dance before the Lord.
Not only does the Lord love it, but it is great practice for my future performance!
What do you think passionate worship looks like? Why do we resemble Michal more than we do David in our attitudes towards expressive worship? What are you noting from the passion of the Olympics? Add your thoughts in the comments section below.
Hugs, Susan Gaddis