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Play and Dance before the Lord with all Your Might!
Heavenly Father, Welcome! Yes, Welcome! Thank you for being with me these last 200 days of praying for your daughter you love, for Lindsey. Thank you for bringing the right scriptures to mind for each of my 200 prayers for your talented daughter. Thank you for filling her heart with your joy and letting it show to all who see her. Thank you for these last 40 days of prayers all based on scriptures about music and musicians. And thank you for the scripture for today’s prayer as it describes your daughter so well … playing and dancing with all her might!
And it was told king David, saying, The Lord hath blessed the house of Obed-edom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the city of David with gladness. And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings. And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet. And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.
And they brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord. And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts. And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, as well to the women as men, to every one a cake of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed every one to his house.
Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself! And David said unto Michal, It was before the Lord, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel: therefore will I play before the Lord. And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour. Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death. (2 Samuel 6:12-23)
Lord, I’m here again, as usual. I am here to lift up your daughter who loves you with this special prayer. Lord, let her play and dance with all her might before you today. Let the joy of the Lord be evident in her performance. Give her the opportunity to play and dance with all her might, with all her strength and to celebrate before you Lord. Some may wonder how she can be dancing like this before you … but as David said, it was not shamelessly, it was before the Lord! And those common women honored him for showing his intensity in loving his God. I pray this over you Lindsey. I pray that you may have opportunity to play and dance with such intensity before your God. And all the glory is his. The glory all goes to God. I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)
Blessing: Skip About, Frolic and Leap for Joy
Lindsey, today I bless you with youthful joy, with joyful youth. May you playfully frolic and skip about, leaping with joy, for the Lord is right there with you, delighting in you!
Heavenly Father, good morning. Thank you for my breath and my life. Thank you for my beating heart and my working mind. Thank you for healing my knees and watching over me all these years. And thank you for the scripture that provides the blessing for your daughter today (plus see note at the bottom):
But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. (Malachi 4:2)
Lord, it is a joy to be here, to be sitting with you, to be talking with you. And this morning I offer a blessing over your daughter you love. Lindsey, I am not a farmer, so I am not familiar with how calves behave, so I tried to clarify this using multiple translations. And so this day, as I bless you, I pray that you will grow up as calves of the stall, that you would go out LEAPING, that you would go out and PLAYFULLY JUMP, that you would go forth and SKIP ABOUT, that you would go out and FROLIC, that you would go free, LEAPING WITH JOY, that you would go out SPRINGING from your stall. Yes … I pray all this over you this day. Go forth leaping, playfully jumping, skipping about, frolicking, leaping with joy and springing from your room. And we will give all the glory to the Lord. All glory to you Lord. I pray this over you in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen
NOTE: How very interesting that the day after the day of this prayer, as we sat around a table in a coffee shop reading scriptures aloud between ourselves, that another scripture also referenced a calf skipping. Plus a person in our tiny group mentioned that just a couple years ago she was helping/working at a petting farm which had a baby calf and that it really did skip and jump and leap around! (until it got tired and laid down to nap). Here is the scripture we read the next day:
The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars; yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Lebanon. He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn. (Psalm 29:6)