Praise and worship are crucial in the life of the Christian. They are the backbone of the Christian faith. They are the meat on the bones of hope and gratitude. They are the expression of the joy given by the Lord. They are the essence of the relationship with God. They are the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian. They are the reminder that we live by faith and not by sight because praise and worship are to be part of our lives all the time no matter what our circumstances are. Praise and worship are part of the daily celebration we ought to engage in. The Christian life has many aspects to it and one of them is joy and celebration. We are not celebrating because of what we have and what we see but we are celebrating the One who gives us “faith eyesight” and who provides everything we need. We are to celebrate Jesus because He died for us and gave us life in abundance.
We are to celebrate love, the love of God. His love is why we are here, why we live through Him, why we are blessed and why we are a blessing. People celebrate all the time around the world for many reasons that have nothing to do with God. When you celebrate for all the right reasons, God being the main reason, you are clothed with power to face anything. You don’t celebrate to receive that power. You celebrate and power is a side effect. There is power in dancing for the Lord. You can either actually dance or you can have a dance in your heart that glorifies Jesus. A dancing and celebratory attitude is the key to powerful Christian living. Today I want to encourage you to dance throughout the day. Dance in celebration of the Lord throughout this new week. Keep on dancing. Keep on celebrating the Lord. Keep on focusing on Jesus and you will make it through this week with flying colors. Let your dancing colors celebrate the Lord.
Many would agree that 2020 started off as a difficult year. The losses, the natural disasters and the difficulties people have encountered around the world are pretty heavy. February seems to be a month of hope as many believe that it can only get better from now on. The truth is we never know what is going to happen. Jesus said that in this world we would have tribulations. He didn’t say that to scare us or to be negative. He said it because He knew what we should expect. However, He also said that He had conquered the world and we should stay in faith because nothing is impossible to Him. Any bad thing that will ever happen has been defeated by the Lord. For every problem and for every trial, there is a victory bought by Jesus. Our faith is a shield that gets us to the victory. When we stay in faith and we refuse to doubt and waver, we walk under the protection the Lord is giving us until we get to our breakthrough. How should we be walking under the protection of faith? We should be dancing. We should be dancing our way to victory. We should be dancing through the trials and the misery. Dancing here is a metaphor for keeping a heart of celebration or it can be literally dancing while praising and worshiping. The key is to stay positive, to let God’s joy invade our hearts and to keep eyes on Jesus the victory.
I have found that when I get myself into celebration mode despite my problems, I am changed on the inside. The problems are still there on the outside but they disappear on the inside. Praise and worship affect my mind in a positive way. Praise and worship lift up my spirits. Praise and worship warm up my heart and give my spirit a voice. It’s the voice of triumph. I no longer say all the negative things that the enemy wants me to focus on. Celebrating Jesus is like kicking the enemy in the head. Dancing while suffering is pushing the enemy away and making room for the Savior in every way. Dancing through the problems is embracing love and demonstrating that we believe God’s love wins. Dancing in the middle of the rain of despair is letting the sun shine through the clouds of doubt. Dance, friend. Don’t let the enemy keep you in one spot with a heavy heart. Move. Walk. Dance. Move forward in faith. Give yourself the luxury of accepting God’s victory. Stare at the Lord while you are dancing. Let His Spirit lead the dance. Stay encouraged. Stay in praise. Stay in celebration mode. Your victory is around the corner. Keep on celebrating the Lord!
Suggested reading: Isaiah 63:7; Psalm 47:1; 1 Peter 1:8-9