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Vibrant Dance: Worship and Artistic Interlude

There were a couple of ‘features’ throughout the conference that I have heretofore ignored: several sessions of “Worship and Artistic Interlude” and testimonies of various speakers. I tended to miss some of these due to volunteer activities and frankly due to being unimpressed with some of the ‘artistic interludes.’ Several involved a liturgical dance group, and of all the arts, dance speaks to me least and can be distracting. However, some sessions were quite enjoyable and worshipful, and when I could hear the testimonies I tried to take notes, and will share them.

The evening interlude was a non-dance one—Deborah Haarsma from Calvin College (Astronomy) shared with us a worshipful devotion based on the beauty of the heavens and sharing in course various Scriptures, including the classic idea of the heavens declare His glory, power, and faithfulness.

Let’s ourselves take an interlude of worship and meditate on Scriptures that compare God and the astronomical Glory He has displayed there.

This is what the LORD says: ‘If I have not made my covenant with day and night and established the laws of heaven and earth, then I will reject the descendants of Jacob and David my servant and will not choose one of his sons to rule over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. For I will restore their fortunes and have compassion on them.’” Jeremiah 33:25-26

Yet their voice[a] goes out into all the earth,
   their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
   like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens
   and makes its circuit to the other;
   nothing is deprived of its warmth.
                                Psalm 19:4-6

LORD, our Lord,
   how majestic is your name in all the earth!

   You have set your glory
   in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants
   you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
   to silence the foe and the avenger.
 When I consider your heavens,
   the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
   which you have set in place,
 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
   human beings that you care for them?

You have made them a little lower than the angels
   and crowned them with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
   you put everything under their[g] feet:
all flocks and herds,
   and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky,
   and the fish in the sea,
   all that swim the paths of the seas.

 LORD, our Lord,
   how majestic is your name in all the earth!
                                Psalm 8

Praise the LORD, my soul;
   all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD, my soul,
   and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
   and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
   and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
   so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The LORD works righteousness
   and justice for all the oppressed.

He made known his ways to Moses,
   his deeds to the people of Israel:
The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
   slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
   nor will he harbor his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve
   or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
   so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
   so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

 As a father has compassion on his children,
   so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
for he knows how we are formed,
   he remembers that we are dust.
The life of mortals is like grass,
   they flourish like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone,
   and its place remembers it no more.
But from everlasting to everlasting
   the LORD’s love is with those who fear him,
   and his righteousness with their children’s children—
with those who keep his covenant
   and remember to obey his precepts.

The LORD has established his throne in heaven,
   and his kingdom rules over all.

Praise the LORD, you his angels,
   you mighty ones who do his bidding,
   who obey his word.
Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts,
   you his servants who do his will.
Praise the LORD, all his works
   everywhere in his dominion.

   Praise the LORD, my soul.
                                                Psalm 103


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