Earlier this summer at the Great Escape Middle School Conference our youth attended, one song essentially became our theme song as they played it over and over again, Shut Up and Dance with Me by Walk the Moon. We even learned an energizer dance to accompany it. From day one, I loved it. This was one of those songs that immediately causes your body to just start dancing. Now I hear it everywhere I go, it seems. You could call it the song of the summer!
Here are the lyrics:
A backless dress and some beat up sneaks,
My discothèque, Juliet teenage dream.
I felt it in my chest as she looked at me.
I knew we were bound to be together,
Bound to be together
She took my arm,
I don't know how it happened.
We took the floor and she said,
"Oh, don't you dare look back.
Just keep your eyes on me."
I said, "You're holding back, "
She said, "Shut up and dance with me!"
This woman is my destiny
She said, "Ooh-ooh-hoo,
Shut up and dance with me."
Whether you realize it or not, we are on the dance floor of life. There are countless suitors out there vying for our attention trying to catch our eye. We look for the perfect dance partner darting our eyes back and forth. But really there is only one Lord of the dance. Our God approaches us with outstretched arms. His smile lights up our universe. Our heart beats a million miles a minute. We backpedal and make excuses. We say, "I'm not good enough. Don't really know how to dance. Wouldn't you rather pick someone else? I'm scared. I'll step on your toes. I'll embarrass myself." And the list of excuses continues.
But then God draws near, takes your hand, and with a hearty laugh, shouts from the mountain top, "Shut up and dance with me!"
And so you do...all night along...all the way through eternity.
And David danced before the Lord with all his might.
-2 Samuel 6:14
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Prayer for Today
O God, thank you for dancing with us and bringing great joy to the party of life. Amen.