“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®
The name, P1493 Fitness®, is rooted in the biblical perspective of dance found within the history of Christianity. We’re 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. In an effort to alleviate possible confusion, please note that the information contained on this page involves the topic of worship which takes us much deeper spiritually than what is found in these fitness classes. However, the worship of Jesus Christ among God’s children is what we hold dear to our hearts, regularly practice and desire to communicate in the short summary below. It is our hope that it will minister to you, give you a desire to further study the topic of worship 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 as to whether they are living a life that is pleasing to the Lord. God desires outward expressions of pure love towards Him that come from deep within us (his children) and these expressions are known as worship. 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 words in the Bible. This is including but not limited to… prayer, reading the Bible and walking in obedience to His words, repenting and turning from our sins, communing with other believers, being thankful, serving others, tithing, sharing our faith and using the gifts that He has given us for His purposes. In addition, music is also an important part of worship and praise. God created it filled with a notable and expressive power that gives us the desire to sing and move our bodies. The Bible is full of scriptures about making music, singing and dancing unto the Lord; and we highly recommend that you research the Word for yourself concerning this topic because it will bless you immensely.
Indeed, God has called his children to worship Him with all of their heart, mind, soul and strength. 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 worship and praise within the body of Christ. When dancing comes from a Christian heart it brings forth worship with intention which is unfortunately not presently common in the church today. However, since we are absolutely created to worship God with all that we have, He is waiting for His bride to bring this sweet and genuine sacrifice of praise straight to the altar.
Why Worship Through Dance?
In explanation, worshiping through dance plays a significant role in calling believers to humble themselves and function freely in a simple childlike faith as part of communing with God. Dancing with the right heart can be used by the Holy Spirit because it beckons one to let go of their pride and allows God’s opinion to become the only one that matters. Admittedly, worship through dance involves vulnerability and heartfelt courage as a participant surrenders to the freedom it brings and forgets about the possibility of judgment from those around them. He/she is saying it doesn’t matter what people think because God’s pleasure is of far more worth and significance than the uncomfortable fear and condemnation of those around me.
“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
Truly, it is quite freeing to not be in bondage to the fear of man. As a matter of fact, if out of fear one purposely suppresses a desire to physically engage during times of heartfelt communion with the Holy Spirit through worship (whether it is dancing, clapping, raising of hands, kneeling, praying, crying, etc.) they are conveying to God that He is worth less than the possibility of disapproval from people.
Furthermore and most importantly, for one to allow anything to keep their spirit from wholeheartedly connecting with their Creator actually hinders the powerful outpouring of God’s presence into their 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 we have the amazing privilege of access to the throne room of God almighty when we call upon Him in spirit and in truth. Therefore, may we learn to never allow anything, particularly fear, hinder our connecting with His unfailing love and power.
As previously mentioned, dancing is a way to worship and experience a 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 comes with worshiping Him in spirit and in truth. 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 as he danced before Him with all of his might; even at the cost of him being ridiculed for it. God desires His people to dance for Him as we fully surrender ourselves to His pleasure. Truly, that 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 missing the significance of honor in true worship when our offering to God is limited to what we are comfortable with or have personally decided is acceptable for Him. 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!
Chrissie C. Hogan Founder/Steward/Instructor