Yesterday at our gathering of Women’s Bible Fellowship we embarked in a newish venture: worship through song. We’ve done a little in the past, but this year a pressing sense of needing space and time dedicated to intentional worship practices was felt. A special space was crafted with lower lights, chairs, cushions, elements: ambiance. The leaders selected a few praise songs projected on a projector (sometimes old school is the best option than the high-tech).
Standing in the back, I had to laugh a little. Yes, it’s new which oftentimes means awkward. Say you’re going on a date. Most likely you’re not going to be singing along to that boy band song that comes on the radio, much less belting it out with the gusto you do with your college roommates (not that I speak from personal experience). 🙂 But still: watching most women stand dead still, or doing the white evangelical woman’s shuffle while singing “We are dancing for the Lord is our Light” made me laugh as much as watching the exact same thing happen on Sunday mornings.
So yes: I wasn’t fully focused on worship (totally outed myself there, eh?). But the song stuck with me through the day, and I found myself dancing (as much as I can these days) while scrubbing the sink.
I also read Psalm 40 yesterday morning and realized I hadn’t loaded “War” or “October” onto my Ipod: a mistake I remedied that afternoon.
Lord, thank you for giving us this new song: may we learn how to dance in Your encompassing Light.