15th December 2018

Let’s Embrace the Music and Dance – for Joy!

“Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle… Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.”
Psalm 32:9, 11 (KJV)

How about some good news out of Brussels?

In 2000, when Brussels was a European Capital of Culture, I was privileged to attend an exceptional outdoor cultural extravaganza, “Carousel”. As part of the event, a dozen or so horses and riders entered the arena, performing synchronised dressage, the horses prancing along together, in step with the music.

Looking closely at individual horses, it was evident that each was keen to please. Magnificent creatures submitting their strength to the rider’s will!

Then I noticed something conspicuous about one horse in particular: tail flicking and ears twitching, with a definite spring in its step, it didn’t need to rely on signals from its rider. It appeared to be genuinely in the flow of the music, with a gracefulness and joy that was absent from others that were simply working hard to do as they were told.

Looking at the whole group, I realised a few of the other horses had that same flow about them, too. The music was available to all, but only some of the horses appeared to be “getting it” – the majority understood the music only second-hand, as it were, via their riders.

Perhaps our Christian lives can be a bit like that. On the one hand, there’s rote learning and prescribed obedience – a good starting point, by all accounts. But then there’s incarnational living – allowing Jesus to come to us and live in us by the Holy Spirit, as Emmanuel, God with us. Then we can experience something that touches our whole being – head and heart, body and soul – and naturally express the joy this brings.

Like those few horses that really appeared to understand, let’s embrace the music and dance – for joy!

Heavenly Father, please reveal yourself to us more and more every day in Jesus, through your Spirit, so we can join with the patriarch Job in saying, “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee” (Job 42:5).

Study by Shirley McLean


About the Author:
Shirley McLean attends Grace Communion Church Luton. Shirley runs a monthly choir workshop, which is also a social occasion where all are welcome–see www.kingsfold.org

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill

Meeting time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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