Praise Dance

Glory! Glory! Glory!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Let them praise His name in the dance.

Psalm 149:3

Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”

Revelation 5:13

Praise is a celebration for God. It is to call attention to his glory. It is to enter into the outer court of the Tabernacle.

Example Exercise 1: Body Festival of Praise

This is a subtle movement and detail dance which only appears motionless from a distance after having witnessed The Messiah’s return. Yet the body is actually celebrating lively within. Every cell, especially the muscles and nerves enthusiastically participate in a joyous dance of praise as if engaged in a large festival. On closer inspection, subtle movements such as twitch and vibration can be seen throughout the whole body.

Example Exercise 2: New Way To Say Thank You

The participant is to dance a new way to say thank you. One can also optionally signal with a clave stick or chime after a minute or two to find yet another way to say thank you with the body.

Dance of Holy Hands

I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.

Pslams 63:4

There are two biblical uses of hands: (1) For God; (2) For neighbor.

The foundational standing posture of praise for God is the orans—the posture of standing and reaching up with holy hands.

Outside of the orans, hands can be used for the neighbor as a laying of hands or anointing.

Additionally, hands can also act in gestures of connection such as handshaking and hugging, etc.

Through the function of remaking/extending the territory or water-to-wine, any part of the body except the obvious zones of privacy can act as the hands to praise God or to bless the neighbor.

Example Exercise: Walk of Salvation

With orans, walk slowly and gracefully across the floor. The closer one gets to the other end, the closer to God and salvation one gets. Let the body speak.