TODAY'S THEME: Dancing to God's Music
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Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song,
and his praise in the congregation of saints.
Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the
children of Zion be joyful in their King.
Let them praise his name in the dance: let them
sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people:
he will beautify the meek with salvation.
Let the saints be joyful in glory:
let them sing aloud upon their beds.

Psalm 149: 1-4
The Holy Bible
King James Version


In the Talmud, dance is described as one of the principle functions of the angels.
Christians in the 1st century borrowed directly from their Jewish roots by
incorporating dance into their worship as well. In the 2nd century,
Lucian of Samasata described dance as "an act good for the soul."

King David was told, "Hashem has blessed the house of
Obed-edom and everything he has because of the Ark
of God." David then went and brought up the Ark of God
from the house of Obed-edom to the City of David with joy.

David danced with all (his) strength before Hashem;
David was girded in a linen tunic.

II Samuel: 12, 14
The Stone Edition Tanach


St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan (c. 338- 397) wrote:
" ...the dance should be conducted as did David when he danced before the ark
of the Lord, for everything is right which springs from the fear of God. Let us not
be ashamed of the show of reverence which will enrich the cult and deepen the
adoration of Christ. For this reason the dance must in no wise be regarded as a
mark of reverence for vanity and luxury; but as something which uplifts every
living body instead of allowing the limbs to rest motionless upon the ground
or the slow feet to become numb...This dance is an ally of faith and
an honoring of grace. The Lord bids us dance..."

For everything there is a season,
and a time for every purpose under heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to
plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance.

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-4
The Holy Bible

American Standard Version


Gregory of Nyssa (335-394) wrote about how the Christians
danced to praise God after the victory of Constantine. Not
long after, St. Ambrose (397-440) requested that persons
about to be baptized dance their approach to the font.


Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron,
took the timbrel in her hand; and all the women
went out after her with timbrels and with dances.

Exodus 15: 20
The Holy Bible
New King James Version

The Whirling Dervishes were part of a Sufi order founded
by the 13th century Persian poet, Rumi. Wearing long
white robes and white hats, they danced in a circle,
one hand reaching up to God and the other facing down
to the earth. To Rumi's poetry and with joyous music,
they would begin to twirl, first slowly, then faster
and faster. It's easy to imagine them dancing
to the following poem by Rumi.


'Tis said, the pipe and lute that charm our ears
Derive their melody from rolling spheres;
But Faith, o'erpassing speculation's bound,
Can see what sweetens every jangled sound.

We, who are parts of Adam, heard with him
The song of angels and of seraphim.
Our memory, though dull and sad, retains
Some echo still of those unearthly strains.

Oh, music is the meat of all who love,
Music uplifts the soul to realms above.
The ashes glow, the latent fires increase;
We listen and are fed with joy and peace.

Rumi (1207-1273)
Islamic jurist and theologian

Translation by R. A. Nicholson
From "Persian Poems"
Edited by A.J. Arberry
Everyman's Library, 1972

And now, the Last Word:

For every angel whose ministry is
on earth, a million angels praise
God in heaven.

From "The Angels' Little Instruction Book,"
by Eileen Elias Freeman
Warner Books, 1994





























Bonus quote:

There is no must in art because art is free.

Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944)
Russian painter and art theorist


On today's
Home Page:

Book of Psalms;
Book of II Samuel;
Book of Ecclesiastes;
Book of Exodus
Eileen Freeman