December 3, 2009 – Dancing in the Night
Scripture: Psalms 30: 11-12 (CEV)
You have turned my sorrow into joyful dancing. No longer am I sad and wearing sackcloth. I thank you from my heart, and I will never stop singing your praises, my LORD and my God.
Today’s title sounds more like a movie title – maybe a musical, love story, something reminiscent of the old Bing Crosby or even Fred Astaire movies. But in a time B.E. (before electricity), darkness was equated with sorrow and sadness. Death came too often during the night hours and darkness was to be feared (any wonder that we need our night lights?). Dancing in the night speaks of joy in the face of sadness. Our sorrow can be turned in joyful dancing and we can dance and sing without stopping. Why? Because God does this. He hears our cries in the night and gives us comfort (far better than any night light!)
In the old musical love stories, there was cause for celebration as the lovers came together and danced to show their joy. God is standing on the dance floor waiting for you come out of the darkness and into the light of His love. Tonight can be a night of joy. Care to dance?
Our LORD, and our God, you turned sorrow into dancing, mourning into laughter. I sing your praises through the day and night. I accept Your offer to trade my sackcloth for garments of praise. As I decorate my home with colorful decorations of the Christmas season, decorate my life with the colors of joy and laughter. May my dance and song be ever for You. In the Name of Jesus, Lord of the Dance, Amen.