22nd August 2013

I Hope You Dance! 

“You have turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.  Lord my God, I will praise you forever.”
Psalm 30:11-12 (NIV)

God doesn’t deal with us in half measures; He’s more the pressed down and running over kind of God, the one who always leaves us with a blessing.Once forgiven, there’s no condemnation and there’s nothing that sounds like, ‘I told you so’! He gives us the freedom to smile again, to dance again, to be joyful and filled with thankfulness for our deliverance from sin. 

In the year 2000 a country singer called LeeAnn Womack sang a song called, “I Hope You Dance.” I’d like to quote the words of the final verse and the chorus here:
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me you’ll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance—Dance!
I hope you dance…I hope you dance.
I hope you dance…I hope you dance.

The Message translation gives the scripture above a very down to earth feel—once again Psalm 30:11-12, “You did it: you changed wild lament into whirling dance; You ripped off my black mourning band and decked me with wildflowers. I’m about to burst with song; I can’t keep quiet about you. God, my God, I can’t thank you enough.”

When you come to realise that you have been given the chance to choose faith, I hope you dance, and as you do, I hope you will realise that everything you’ve ever done wrong has gone and that you stand boldly before your Father “holy and blameless!” And here’s why:  “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.” (Ephesians 1:3-4 Italics mine). 

Please give faith a fighting chance and accept the choice to dance! 

Tender Father, help us to come to you with deep gratitude as you remove the sackcloth of mourning from us and clothe us with joyfulness—allowing us to stand before your majestic throne holy and blameless.

Study by Cliff Neill


cliffneillAbout the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton, a Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

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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