Praise his name with dancing, accompanied by tambourine and harp. Psalm 149:3 (NLT)
My 14-month-old grandson will dance to anything and I don’t mean different genres. A few months ago I first started seeing him dance to Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Christmas Eve in Savajevo (Carol of the Bells). He dances, spins and head bangs. A few weeks ago I looked at him and he was dancing to Law & Order: SVU’s theme song. That was weird. But the strangest dancing was yesterday when I saw him dancing in the kitchen and to what? Rock, jazz, classical? No, he was dancing to the rhythm of the washing machine. That little boy can find rhythm in everything in his world. Along with rhythm comes joy. Ah youth.
Matthew 18:3-4 declares we are to come to Christ as a young child. Children find joy in everything because they haven’t been weighed down by life and sin. Their hearts are still humble. Life has a rhythm and our little one’s have tapped into it.
To become like children we must rid ourselves of what blocks our souls from experiencing joy. Sin, unhealthy attitudes and behaviors and pride block us from God and the joy and life he wants for us. We must humble ourselves before God. We must reach back into the depth of our memories and tap into the innocence of a young child and dance to its rhythm with Jesus by our side.