Psalm 87:7 “Singers and dancers alike say, ‘All my springs are in you.’”
Springs are a place of refreshment and life giving sustenance. They are a place where we drink deeply and are satisfied. Without them, we would die. In our convenient and comfortable modern society, we can simply turn on a faucet and choose to remain blissfully unmindful of the horrible fate that would await us if our access to a water source was removed. However in many places in the world today, and certainly in ancient times, this reality was ever before them. Most of the day was spent searching for, drawing, carrying, and purifying water just to stay alive.
In many places throughout the Bible, the presence of God is described as a spring or fountain of living water. In this, He is declaring that He is the source and joy of our life and that without Him, we will surely die. It is the grace of God when we say with the psalmist, “My soul longs for you as the deer longs for water…” Yet how often we forsake Him! Jeremiah 2:12-13 says, “Be appalled, O heavens, at this; be shocked, be utterly desolate, declares the Lord, for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.” We are often deluded into believing that the other things and people we look to for life, joy, and pleasure will satisfy our souls. In reality, they lead only to empty brokenness and death. God alone is the only true source of life. Wonderfully, the life He promises is abundant! Psalm 36:8 describes the goodness of those who look to the Lord, “They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life….”
Singing and dancing, in conjunction with music, are two significant God given expressions of the heart. In many cultures, they are not separated into distinct forms. They simply have one word that means “musicdance”. In complementary ways, song and dance reflect the feelings, thoughts, and passions of our lives. They were also created to powerfully move and minister to the hearts of those who are listening and watching. All of the cultures of the earth are fascinated with music, song, and dance. When they do not honor God their influence spreads great spiritual darkness. Yet, God created and gave us these powerful expressions as a way to experience and express the glory of communion with Him.
Our singing and dancing testify to our own hearts and those around us who and what the source of our life is. If we are drinking polluted water from broken cisterns, our songs and dances will evidence such by expressing sin in a way that draws others hearts away from God to ourselves. John the Baptist lost his life as a result of this kind of wicked dance. Yet he who lost his earthly life due to the power of a dance unto destruction, began his life with a pure and holy dance declaring with great joy the testimony of Christ’s coming by the power of the Holy Spirit. Luke 1:44 speaks of John in the womb when Elizabeth encountered Mary as she was pregnant with Jesus, “For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.” John’s prenatal leap testified to the worth and joy and meaning of our Savior’s coming. This is the essence of dance that brings honor and glory to the Lord…it declares the glory and supremacy of Jesus Christ.
Spurgeon in his commentary of Psalm 87:7 says
“Where God is there must be joy, and where the church is increased by numerous conversions the joy becomes exuberant and finds out ways of displaying itself. Singers and dancers, Psalmists and pipers, united their efforts and made a joyful procession to the temple, inspired not by Bacchus, or by the Castalian fount, but by draughts from the sacred source of all good, of which they each one sing All my springs are in thee.” (Treasury of David)
Thus this is my prayer…Oh Beautiful Jesus, in whom is all my delight, may I drink deeply of you and be filled continually with great joy. May the song of my heart and the dance of my feet be an overflow of the abundant life you are causing to spring up within me. I often feel in worship as if my heart might explode if I did not have the gift of expressing it back to you in a dance of my strength. May my dance ever and only draw hearts and minds to you and not to myself. May they look at my exuberance and grace and passion and see not only the joy of a sinner redeemed, but the Worthiness of my Great Savior!