Monday, May 23, 2016

Let Us Get Up and Dance Before God

Benjamin Dude wrote a song called “When I Think About Jesus.”  Part of the lyrics were “When I think about Jesus, what he’s done for me. When I think about Jesus, How he set me free, I can dance/clap/jump all night, all night, all night.” Whenever we carefully go back over what God has done for us, we should cry out in appreciation and thanks for all that He has done, is doing, and will do for us.  Perhaps you cannot dance, like the author of this blog, but you still can show your appreciation for what He has done in your life.

The Psalmist wrote in the book of Psalms, I know that God is for me (Psalm 56:9). David was a man that went after God's heart and then danced with all his might before God (2 Samuel 6:14).  He knew that if God was for him, who could possibly successfully be against him (Romans 8:31).

Let us look at what God has done for us. If you can read this blog, you probably have access to food, water, shelter and electricity. You are blessed. Did you know that God meticulously cares for the birds and the plants (Luke 12:28)? If he cares for them he definitely cares for us who love him. He loved us so much that He even predestined us to be just like Him (Romans 8:29-30).

We can be thrilled knowing that we have a familial relationship with the Almighty source of life and can call Him Father (Romans 8:15).  If that is not enough to make you cut a step, lift up your hands, or give Him an enthusiastic "thank you”, you haven't been paying attention.  Let us honor, love, and obey our God.  Let’s get up and dance!

Psalm 56:9
King James Version (KJV)
When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.

2 Samuel 6:14
New Living Translation (NLT)
14 And David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment.

Romans 8:31
New Living Translation (NLT)
31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?

Luke 12:28
New Living Translation (NLT)
28 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

Romans 8:29-30
New Living Translation (NLT)
29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.

Romans 8:15
New Living Translation (NLT)
15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”

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