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Davidic Worship

Psalms 100:4 (NIV)

"Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and bless His name."

The order for Davidic worship has been set by King David through revelation knowledge. As we come before the Heavenly Father we give Him thanks for what He has done in our lives. Then we go before His outer courts with praise, and on to worshiping at His throne.

As liturgical dancers begin to restore the tabernacle of David within us first, then within our local church assemblies; restassured the presence of God will rest upon the music ministry, the praise dancers, and the church. If the music ministry in your church has knowlege of the proper order for Davidic worship then the praise dancers will follow.

Liturgical dancers have an important role in restoring the tabernacle of David and following the proper order of praise and worship. Dances of praise flowing from the praise dancers while the thanksgiving and praise portion of the service is going on, it will release the spirit of praise upon the congregation. Your praise dance is a visual demonstration of the song of praise. It is your expression of your praise. Also, your dance of worship should also be a visualization of worship from your heart.


How to Follow the Proper Order of Praise and Worship as Praise Dancers

The first step to following the proper order of praise and worship is to have an understanding of praise and worship. Collectively, the music ministry and the dance ministry should study the  foundations of praise and worship in classes or Bible studies, for example. It is important that the Pastor of your church has the same foundation and understanding. It is to ensure that he or she will be able to flow with the Holy Spirit during this portion of the service. Without understanding, praise and worship can be stiffled.

Next, liturgical dancers should be able to dance during the praise and worship portion of the service. Dancing during praise and worship services encompasses the scripture "Let them praise His name in the dance" (Psalms 149:3). With skillful playing of music (Psalms 33:3) and dancing we will help to usher the people of God into His presence.  Use all of the tools that you have to praise the Lord--tambourines, praise flags, banners, and clapping to elaborately give God praise and worship.

Lastly, dance with the intent of leading others into the presence of God and with the intent of praising and worshiping with an audience of one. This sounds like an oxymoron, since there will be members of the congregation watching. You have dual roles as a liturgical dancer while ministering during the praise and worship portion of the service. First, you will be leading others into praise and worship and dancing before God as if no one is watching. Your assignment is to minister to the people to encourage them to praise and worship God; all the while giving your dance to God as a sacrifice of praise and worship.

I recommend that all Pastors, leaders, music ministries, and dancers understand the spiritual dynamics of praise and worship with music and dance. With your Pastor's permission, involve the church. Hold classes and seminars to get the congregation prepared for praise and worship. You will be surprised at the amount of Christians that don't have much knowledge about Davidic worship. Many would love to learn so that they can celebrate with you.

©2012 Katina Davenport all rights reserved


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