A Time To Dance (SSL)

June 19, 2016 

A Time To Dance Psalm 30:11

King David was an excellent dancer. The Bible says that David danced before the Lord with all his might while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and the sound of trumpets. (2 Samuel 6:14-15) David not only danced he was also leaping into the air with no inhibitions or reservations. In the seasons of life, the writer of Ecclesiastes says, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven: A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1&4) The issue of our lesson today is not learning how to dance but trusting God to transform us through times of sorrow and struggle into times of joy. 

1 Challenges

There is no doubt that we live in a troubled world. Our society was rocked with another mass killing of innocent people this past week in Orlando, Florida. Once again, we see the total disregard for the higher view of humanity and human life that God desires for us to have. We are confronted with challenges that touch the lives of many as well as challenges that touch each of our lives personally. What are you facing in your life that has made your heart heavy? What issues are weighing you down and causing sorrow in your soul? God not only understands when we are sorrowful, He is always here for our help, blessings, and benefit. No matter how great the challenge may be, He can turn our sorrow into joy. David said, “Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me; O Lord, be my help.” (v10) Begin with an open heart and prayer as you ask the Lord to help you! 

What challenges are people facing today? 
What challenges are you facing today? 
How could we pray with and for you today? 

2 Changes

Mourning and dancing are two responses that are very different. However, God easily alters circumstances that seem hopeless into great reasons for rejoicing. Yesterday you may have had issues that weighed your heart down. Yet this morning, God is working on your behalf to bring you joy. As quickly as God turns night into day, he can change you and your situation. He can transform your sorrow into joy and your cries of pain into hoots of happiness. This past week my sister had a stroke and was placed in the stroke rehab unit of the hospital, and my mother-in-law came to the emergency room and was admitted to the hospital as well. While I was doing my morning devotion on Tuesday, I read the above line about hoots of happiness and called my wife at work to read it to her as well. We are still in the midst of challenges but we have shared a few hoots in the process. 

How has God helped change situations in your life this week? 
Have you remembered to dance a little or at least give a hoot or two? 
Remember all things are possible when we call on Jesus!

3 Confidence

David said, “You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.” (V11) What is it that looks dark to you at this moment? Fear not. God is faithful and in just a little while, you may be praising Him for shining His light on your life and turning your wailing into dancing. We can be confident in the love of God. David said, “Sing to the Lord, you saints of His; praise His Holy name. For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” (Vs 4-5) Did you hear that, “His favor lasts a lifetime!” The anointed blessings and grace of God are with us forever and joy comes in the morning. It does not get any better than that. This would be the appropriate time to hoot and holler! The Lord knows why you cry and what would make you dance. May the wonderful transforming “favor” of God shine on you today!