Will you dance?

Vladimir Pervuninsky - The Last Waltz

Vladimir Pervuninsky – “The Last Waltz”

You and I have been invited into something most wonderful–more glorious than anything this world can offer.

Something more beautiful, more pure, more intimate, more deeply satisfying and transformational than all of our theology or anything else we think is important in the Christian life.

I’ve talked about it before. It’s the Divine Dance that’s been going on between the Father, Son and Spirit since before the foundation of the world (John 17:21-26).

The early church fathers gave this triune dance a name–perichoresis. It comes from two Greek words, peri, which means “around,” and chorein, which means “to give way” or “to make room.” It could be translated “rotation” or “a going around.”

Tim Keller said this about the Divine Dance, “Each of the divine persons centers upon the others. None demands that the others revolve around him. Each voluntarily circles the other two, pouring love, delight, and adoration into them. Each person of the Trinity loves, adores, defers to, and rejoices in the others. That creates a dynamic, pulsating dance of joy and love.” (“The Reason for God” – p. 215)

Universe_spinSome have said that even the universe moves to the rhythm of a waltz. Geraint Lewis, professor of Astrophysics at University of Sydney, said this about this cosmic dance, “After more than a decade of study, we’ve discovered that small galaxies that accompany the nearest spiral galaxy to our own – the Andromeda Galaxy – are dancing together in a vast plane.”  (“Cosmic dance challenges our understanding of the Universe” – also source of photo).

Maya Angelou said more succinctly, “Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.”

So worship could be seen as us entering into the orbit of this Great Dance with the Father and the Son, communing with His Spirit (2 Cor.13:14).

Dancingonshoes2As I’ve shared before, the picture I have of worship is more intimate and personal than galaxies spinning around each other. It’s of a little child standing on his or her daddy’s feet and dancing around the floor, both giggling and laughing as they sway around.

And in this Place you can step on your heavenly Daddy’s feet and twirl and sway all you want.

The religious people of Jesus’ day would not dance to the sound of Heaven’s waltz. Like many today, they thought they knew the Word of God but they did not really know the God of the Word. They traded a Person called Love for the love of their doctrinal argumentation. Jesus likened them to children who would not dance. “We played the flute for you, and you did not dance” (Matt.11:16-17)

Religious people will not dance.

For this reason, as I talked about before, pure theology should be expressed as an art form, not bound up in dry intellectual tomes. This is because knowing God is a heart issue, not a head issue.

This is also probably why most people don’t read systematic theology. It might be brilliant but it’s all from our head instead of from His heart.

On that “note,” I will end with another music video from Steffany Frizzell Gretzinger. It’s a song about this intimate worship dance that takes place in the deepest part of our hearts.

I especially like this verse…

And I will lock eyes with the One who’s ransomed me
The One who gave me joy for mourning
Oh I will lock eyes with The One who’s chosen me
The One who set my feet to dancing

Beloved, will you dance this dance with the One who ransomed your soul? Will you put away all those things that weigh you down, and all those religious trappings that seem so important…and lock eyes with Him?

There’s nothing holding Him back from any of us back except our wall (Songs 2:9). Don’t let life go by another moment without entering into this eternal dance.

Love is waiting.

We Dance
By Amanda Cook | Steffany Frizzell Gretzinger
© 2013 Bethel Music (Admin. by Bethel Music Publishing)

You steady me
Slow and sweet we sway
Take the lead and I will follow
Finally ready now
To close my eyes and just believe
That You won’t lead me where You don’t go
When my faith gets tired
And my hope seems lost
You spin me round and round
And remind me of that song
The one You wrote for me

And we dance
And we dance

And I’ve been told
To pick up my sword and fight for love
Little did I know that Love had won for me
Here in Your arms
You still my heart again
And I breathe You in
Like I’ve never breathed’ till now

And I will lock eyes with the One who’s ransomed me
The One who gave me joy for mourning
Oh I will lock eyes with The One who’s chosen me
The One who set my feet to dancing

CCLI Song # 7003304

 Original dancing photo found here

About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 40 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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11 Responses to Will you dance?

  1. Michael says:

    Yes! You present a very sound image of worship that I wish people would understand. You are so consistent with it, too. This is a wonderful article. I choose to dance!

    • Mel Wild says:

      Amen. So do I! It’s all about the Dance. It’s the very heart of life itself. Everything else spins around this center. And we can do this anywhere, anytime–24/7. Thanks for your encouraging comments. Always appreciated. 🙂 Blessings.

  2. TK says:

    I did not know the galaxies of the universe moved in that way. How interesting that the Trinity is said to move in a similar fashion. It’s probably a stretch to say that proves anything. I just wonder if the universe moves the way it does because it’s in sync with this Heavenly dance.

    • Mel Wild says:

      You’re right, TK, it doesn’t prove anything. It doesn’t need to. But I think it says a lot about the nature of God, His creation, romance, art, even the rhythms of life itself.

  3. Cindy Powell says:

    I so love this. This has been my very most favorite song in recent months. Love dancing with Him and so very, very happy to let Him lead. Thanks for, once again, sharing His heart. Blessings!

    • Mel Wild says:

      Amen. I so love songs that express this Divine Dance. It reveals the real heart of worship and fellowship offered to us in God. Blessings to you too!

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