Singing Hearts and Dancing
Theme: True Spiritual Singing and Dancing
Text: Exodus 15
One of my all time favorite movies is, The Sound of Music. I love the way it starts with Julie Andrews on a beautiful mountain - arms outstretched twirling around as she sings "the hills are alive with the sound of music." She is playing the part of a woman so full of joy and happiness that she can't restrain the music that is in her heart. It is difficult to watch that first scene without smiling and feeling good on the inside.
Read: Exodus Chapter 15
The Ministry of Singing
Truth: True spiritual singing does not come from the head, but from the heart.
No person can drum up real praise. It is the overflow of a heart that has experienced the greatness of God's redeeming grace. There cannot be true singing from the heart until the heart knows something of God's redemption.
Exodus 15:1, "Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the Lord." Notice the word then. It was after deliverance at the Red Sea that the song was sang. Salvation first and then the song.
Truth: The joy of the lips springs from the joy of the heart.
God's deliverance inspired Israel's hearts and voices to break out in song of praise and thanksgiving. Israel had church right there on the shore of the Red Sea. One thing is evident, they certainly had a lot of passion and enthusiasm in their worship. Joy and enthusiasm are "Siamese twins". Joy is what you experience personally. Enthusiasm is how to express that joy to others.
Our English word "enthusiasm" is comprised of two Greek words - "en" meaning in and "theos" meaning God. The more into God you are, then the more enthusiastic you will be.
Believers who don't put their hearts into worship are like roosters who won't crow at sunrise. They simply are not doing what God programmed them to do. There's a chorus we sang in the 70's charismatic renewal that went like this.
O the Holy Ghost will set
your feet a dancing.
Israel's experience at the Red Sea they had dancing feet and singing
hearts. We not that Moses was very much involved in the singing and
dancing. It wasn't a spectator event, but everyone participated in it.
With the fits and abilities Moses did have you can understand why God got upset with him at the burning bush with all the excuses Moses was giving as to why he wasn't the man for the job. There are three facts about the song of the sea in Exodus 15.
Ephesians 5:16, "Speaking to (among) yourselves, in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord."
Colossians 3:15, "Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalm and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."
Judaism and Christianity are the only singing religions. All other religions have chants.
Truth: Of all the songs that have ever been written concerning the Christian faith, no one song nor all of them combined can adequately express what the redeemed of the Lord feels within.
Truth: The joy of a heart redeemed by God will always be greater than the song that seeks to express it.
It is "joy unspeakable and full of glory." At the Red Sea that day every individual gave utterance to their feelings of gratitude to God. Never before on earth had praises been sung and never again would they not be sung.
II. Miriam and
the Dancing Damsels of Israel
Truth: You just can't be around some people before you start doing what they are doing and acting just like them.
The women of Israel discovered this to be true for they soon found themselves singing and dancing with Miriam. Miriam got beside herself in her worship that day. She didn't care what Moses or anyone else thought, she really let her hair down so to speak. Her reaction to worship should be ours when we worship God. If in the church service your heart is overflowing with gratitude and thankfulness to God - let it flow. Don't cap it off. Don't be up tight about those around you. They might be ready to explode in worship themselves just like those around Miriam were. Just say, "excuse me, but the Lord has been priming my worship pump and I've just got to release it. Don't blame me. Blame the One who is filling me up. If He fills me up it's got to come out in worship to Him."
III. A Word on
When David danced at the return of the Ark he danced, he twirled, he leaped before the Lord. He joined the singers and he was beside himself with joy. In all things and at all times it is good to remember this injunction of Solomon, "to everything there is a season and a time" (Ecc. 3:4).
There is a time to dance.