If the Word of God is living and active, then it only makes sense that dance is utilized as a way of encouragement and to minister the Gospel to others. So many are taught that dance is worldly and not appropriate for ministry. The best way to answer these dissenting views is to turn to Scripture.
And now for some Hebrew words…
Chagag: to make a pilgrimage, keep a pilgrim feast; celebrate, dance, keep, hold a solemn feast holiday, reel to and fro.
Gul: to spin around under the influence of any intense emotion including joy, fear, and gladness.
Rejoice = Dance!
He dances and sings over us; he renews us in his love!
Machol: a (round) dance.
Mecholah: A dance company.
I’ve often wondered why she despised him. Was it his awesome dance moves? Or, was it because he was putting God above her? Or, maybe it was because he was not behaving like a dignified king?
Raqad: to skip about, bounding, dance, frolic, leap, leaping, skip.
You are not seeing double. This verse is repeated nearly word-for-word in two different places in Scripture!
Karar: to whirl.
Go revisit 2 Samuel 6:14, and 2 Samuel 6:16. I’ll wait right here.
Done? Cool…next up…
la’hul: to dance.
On to the New Testament…and GREEK!
ὀρχέομαι: to dance; a dance from rank-like or regular motion.
Just in case you missed it coming from Matthew, Luke will make sure you’ve got it.
ἀγαλλιάω: I exult, am full of joy; becoming so happy that you jump in celebration.
Remember, rejoice often means to dance!
χορός: a dance; chorus.
It seems that our journey through Scripture shows us one thing…we are to dance! It is good, and it is worship. It is in response to a good, good Father.