“Let them praise His name with dancing and make music to Him with timbrel and harp. For the Lord takes delight in His people; He crowns the humble with victory.”
– Psalm 149:3-4 NIV®
Chrissie C. Hogan Founder/Steward/Instructor
Hey everyone! I’m so excited to take this opportunity to share with you the heart, my heart that is behind P1493 Fitness®. First, let me begin with letting you know that the trademarked name is rooted in the biblical perspective of dance found in the history of Christianity and is from Psalm 149:3-4..”Let them praise His name with dancing and make music to Him with timbrel and harp. For the Lord takes delight in His people; He crowns the humble with victory.” Secondly, you will need to know that this ministry was ultimately created out of my love for worshiping our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The desire that I have to express joy and adoration towards Him comes from a place deep within me; and is out of incredible gratitude for having been set free, delivered, healed and made whole. Thank you Jesus!
My desire to establish, what is now affectionately referred to as simply P1493®, came from wanting to combine my love for my faith with the joy and freedom that I experience through dance. Honestly, I just love coming together with others to worship Him in spirit and in truth and I found this to resemble that, but in a simple way that taught another level of freedom. I also find great fulfillment in helping lead others toward Godly physical, mental, emotional and spiritual strength. Therefore, the core of P1493 Fitness® is really about coming together with Christ as our center, and honoring Him freely with the strength of our physical bodies. In return, we are blessed and receive tremendous health on several levels. When we purposefully “move” towards Him (in mind, body or spirit) it’s considered worship. So yes!!! This girl is so very thankful that music, singing and dancing are just a few of the beautiful instruments that God has created for His children to worship Him through. It definitely makes me want to “move” towards the Lover of my soul.
Now, in an effort to alleviate possible confusion, please note that the rest of the information on this page involves the topic of worship; and it will take us a little deeper spiritually than what is typically found in these structured classes. However, the worship of Jesus Christ among God’s children is what I hold dear to my heart, regularly practice and desire to communicate in the short summary below. It is my hope that it will minister to you, give you a desire to further study this topic in the Bible and receive the many blessings that God has in store for you.
Jesus was asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this…Love the Lord our God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
– Mark 12:29-31
These two commandments are an essential guide for Christians to know how to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord. Clearly, God has commanded us to give Him the rightful place of being our First Love. Our expression of love towards Him is known as worship. In explanation, worship takes place when we surrender our lives to loving and honoring God in the ways that He has asked us to do so according to His Word. It is a lifestyle that includes but is not limited to… prayer, reading the Bible and walking in obedience to His Word, repenting and turning from our sins, being thankful, serving others, communing with other believers, tithing, sharing our faith and using the gifts that He has given us in ways that honor Him. Specifically, music has the ability to play a very special and important role in worship. God created it filled with remarkable power that is capable of reaching each one of us uniquely and intimately; and it often causes an expressive reaction of freedom and abandon. Consequently, when it comes from a heart and mind that is centered on Christ it becomes powerful adoration towards Him. Thus, the desire to sing and move our bodies was given to us by our Creator for a wonderful purpose, which is to connect with Him intimately. The Bible is filled with scriptures about making music, singing and dancing unto the Lord. I highly recommend you research the Word for yourself concerning this topic; it will bless you immensely.
Indeed, God has called us to love Him “with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength” (Mark 12:30) Why? Simply because He is worthy and He desires to richly bless us through connecting with Him. Specific to our discussion, dancing has a significant place in the realm of praise and worship. When dancing comes from a Christian heart it brings forth worship with intention, which is not presently common in the church today. However, since we are absolutely created to worship God with all that we have, I believe that He is waiting for His bride to bring this sweet and personal sacrifice of praise straight to the altar.
Why Worship Through Dance?
Furthermore, worshiping God through dance plays a significant role in calling believers to humble themselves and function freely in simple childlike faith. When done with love towards Him, it can be used by the Holy Spirit because it beckons one to surrender themselves and allow God’s delight in us to become the only thing that matters. Admittedly, abandoning oneself in worship can involve a level of vulnerability and heartfelt courage because people must often overcome the possibility of criticism or judgement from others. He/she is faced with having to decide if connecting with and pleasing God is of more worth and significance than the fear of man.
“How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the Glory that comes from the only God?”
– John 5:4
Undeniably, it is quite freeing to not be in bondage to the fear of man. As a matter of fact, if out of fear we purposely suppress the desire to physically engage during times of communion with the Holy Spirit (whether it is dancing, clapping, raising of hands, kneeling, praying, crying, etc.) we are unfortunately missing out on tremendous blessings.
Truthfully, if we allow anything to keep our spirit from wholeheartedly connecting with our Creator we actually hinder the powerful outpouring of God’s presence into our life. This is the very same power of the Holy Spirit that caused Jesus to rise again to life after having died an unimaginable death in order to save all of mankind. This Holy presence fiercely loves us like no one and nothing else can. Therefore, it heals our pain and brokenness inside and out, cleanses us from our sins and its destruction in our lives, gives the seemingly lost and dead places inside of us new hope, sets us free because we find out that all things really are possible for those who love Him, and so much more. Through accepting Jesus Christ into our lives and worshiping Him we have the amazing privilege of access to the throne room of God Almighty, Who is powerful and life-changing! Therefore, may we learn to never allow anything, particularly fear, hinder our ability to worship Him.
As previously mentioned, dancing before the Lord is a way to experience childlike confidence just like David did in 2 Samuel 6:14. King David taught us that God desires His children to function in the freedom that dancing before Him brings. He was not a professional dancer, he did not need a dance instructor and his pride did not get in the way of him humbly expressing his love for the Lord with all of his might. God is delighted when His children’s hearts are so filled with love and thankfulness they start to “move” towards Him. Truly, what David did was the kind of God-honoring dance that was both Holy Spirit inspired and Holy Spirit anointed.
God is Looking at the Heart
In conclusion, we are significantly “missing out” when we purposely limit our freedom in worship. He is looking at the motivations of our heart, which is often hidden from man, but never from our Creator. Therefore, let us completely surrender ourselves as we express love towards Him with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength in all that we do…and may He continue to delight in His children as we PRAISE HIS NAME WITH DANCING!