Prayer Paths

Lesson 04 — A Dance of Delight

A Dance of Delight

Radical Praise and Social Transformation

1. Prayer Path
Revelations (A Journey to the Word)

Praise his name with dancing, accompanied by tambourine and harp. For the Lord delights in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. — Psalm 149:3-4 (NLT)

Shout joyful praises to God, all the earth! Sing about the glory of his name! Tell the world how glorious he is. Let the whole world bless our God and loudly sing his praises. — Psalm 66:1-2, 8 (NLT)

Sing a new song to the Lord, for he has done wonderful deeds. His right hand has won a mighty victory; his holy arm has shown his saving power! The Lord has announced his victory and has revealed his righteousness to every nation! He has remembered his promise to love and be faithful to Israel. The ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God. Shout to the Lord, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy! — Psalm 98:1-4 (NLT)

For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. — Zephaniah 3:17 (NLT)

David returned home to bless his family. Michal, Saul’s daughter, came out to greet him: “How wonderfully the king has distinguished himself today—exposing himself to the eyes of the servants’ maids like some burlesque street dancer!” David replied to Michal, “In God’s presence I’ll dance all I want! He chose me over your father and the rest of our family and made me prince over God’s people, over Israel. Oh yes, I’ll dance to God’s glory—more recklessly even than this. And as far as I’m concerned . . . I’ll gladly look like a fool . . . but among these maids you’re so worried about, I’ll be honored no end.” Michal, Saul’s daughter, was barren the rest of her life. — 2 Samuel 6:20-23 (MSG)

When David was an old man, he appointed his son Solomon to be king over Israel. David summoned all the leaders of Israel, together with the priests and Levites. All the Levites who were thirty years old or older were counted, and the total came to 38,000. Then David said, “From all the Levites, 24,000 will supervise the work at the Temple of the Lord. Another 6,000 will serve as officials and judges. Another 4,000 will work as gatekeepers, and 4,000 will praise the Lord with the musical instruments I have made.” — 1 Chronicles 23:1-5 (NLT)

2. Prayer Path
Reflections (A Journey to the Past)

Personal Life-Lessons: A Dance of Delight!

The Power of Radical Praise in Social Transformation

3. Prayer Path
Realities (A Journey to Understanding)

A Principle of Transformation
“Radical praise is expressive _______________ that is often manifestly _________________ and sometimes ___________________. Radical praise has the capacity to create an open ______________ over nations or unreached people groups, thus initiating a ______________ of social ________________ in those nations or peoples.”