The song “Amazed” from Desperation Band begins: “You dance over me, while I am unaware. You sing all around, but I never hear the sound.” (2004 Integrity Worship Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (Integrity Music, David C Cook))
We talked about God singing over us yesterday. But, does God “dance over me” too? I looked and looked for a verse that says this, but I’ll be honest – I didn’t find it. I didn’t find anything that contradicts it, either – nothing that says God is perfectly still while He’s singing over us, for example. I was about to write this line off as “artistic license”, when I found a few Bible studies that made me think it might not be so far off. There are these points from a paper by Abandon Ministries, called “The Significance of Dance in the Old Testament“:
- In Genesis 1:2, the Spirit of God was “hovering” over the waters. The Hebrew word used can also be translated as brood, flutter, or tremble.
- Psalm 32:7 says “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” It doesn’t say God will send angels to surround me, but that He will surround me. Certainly God is larger than me, so this could simply mean He is all around me, like walls of protection. But it could also imply movement – moving around me to surround me with song.
- In James 4:8 it says, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” While in the context of this chapter, we’re talking about our relationship with God, this is a word picture that brings to mind a dance.
Then there’s one of the verses we looked at yesterday:
- Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by his love; He will exult over you with loud singing.
Another blog, from Open The Word, points out that the Hebrew word, ‘rejoice,’ means to “spin around under violent emotion.” The phrase “rejoice over you” literally means to “dance, skip, leap, and spin in joy.”
So what’s my conclusion? Well, these are very few verses to go on, and they aren’t clearly saying “God danced”. Ultimately I don’t even know if God has a physical form that resembles ours – and if He doesn’t, then our description of dancing might not fit. I’m not going to fully commit that God is skipping, leaping, and spinning. But what I am convinced of from these verses, and many others, is that God has movement and joy and attentiveness and closeness that are directed at His people. When I put those words together, the closest description I have here on earth might just be “you dance over me”.