What is Messianic or Davidic Dancing?
It is a form of worship that is intrinsic to ancient and modern Israel and is becoming popular in Messianic Jewish/Gentile Congregations today. Davidic dancing got its name when David danced before the Lord as he saw the ark of God arriving in Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6:14). But dancing as a form of worship before the Lord predates David, as noted in Exodus 15:20 when the Israelites watched God destroy Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea while God delivered the Israelites by parting the Red Sea for them to cross over on dry land.
Does Messianic/Davidic Dance have any benefit for the individual?
Yes! Not only does it lift the soul as with all forms of worshipping the Lord, it also is an effective way to enhance healing from trauma. The function of poetry, like the psalms, music, singing and dance all help our left and right hemispheres of the brain synchronize. The combinations of words and rhythm help us internally synchronize our right hemisphere (rhythm) and our left hemisphere (words and explanations). As we synchronize internally, we also externally synchronize as a group through rhythmic body movements resulting from dancing in unison. Survivors, having a history of trauma, often have difficulty staying synchronized especially within a group. We find dancing as a group enables us to practice and overcome this difficulty. We become internally and externally synchronized in our worship before the Lord. The psalms are written like poetry and were put to music and sung during ancient times to accomplish this same task in our brains. While they might not have understood the workings of the brain in ancient times, our Creator certainly understood this and we celebrate His wisdom in this form of worship.
Exodus 15:20 Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took the timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.
Judges 11:34 When Jeph’thah came to his house at Mizpah, there was his daughter, coming out to meet him with timbrels and dancing.
Jeremiah 31:13 Then shall the virgin rejoice
in the dance, and the young men and the old, together; For I will turn their mourning into joy, will comfort them, and make them rejoice rather than sorrow.
Many of the psalmists cried out to God in times of distress as well as rejoiced in the form of poetry. The poetic style of Psalms is why many find such comfort and prefer reading the Psalms in times of need.
Psalm 150:3-4 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the flute and harp! Praise Him with timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
Our healing community in San Antonio, Texas uses dance in the same way that Psalms brings comfort to so many. We have witnessed many miracles among us, as those who come here with backgrounds of trauma are able to join with one another in synchronized dance activity. We are able to find joy in the Lord and in one another as we dance in unity before the Lord. Some of our greatest times of joy together have been in worship through the inspirations of Messianic Dancing.
Ecclesiastes 3:1,4 To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance…