Moses wrote a long, theologically complex, deep song. It is recorded for all of history. Good stuff.
However, not everyone is a theologian and not everyone relates to theologically deep stuff. Think of all the times people have stopped reading in the middle of one of my blogs or never finished listening to one of my albums!
In contrast to Moses’ profound perspective, Miriam models whole brain worship. There were lyrics, music, rhythm, motion and group dynamics.
“Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her, with tambourines and dancing. Miriam sang to them: “Sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea.” Exodus 15:20-21 NIV
One of the things we have found over the years while doing EEGs and tracking the movement of the human spirit through the brain is that the spirit uses more regions of the brain to think about an issue than the soul does. So the soul can calmly agree with Moses’ song, but Miriam and her friends needed so much more than just the soul. They worshipped big!
This is captured by the command to love the Lord our God with all our heart and mind and soul and strength. We need to move beyond cognitive assent that God is great and engage more of ourselves in worship.
I am not a dancer like Miriam. But I do know how to engage more of myself than my brain.
My best worship is usually alone. I like to start with food followed by some time with a fragrant candle. My motion is slow, and more focused on upper body cadences. I talk or shout. Clothing color and fabric can add another layer. Other times I will drive to a remote place and hike intensely for a while, making proclamations.
The point is, each of us was made to worship with more than our mind. The more we can discover our personal style, the more we will bring pleasure to God.
Join me in exploring some familiar Bible stories through the different grid of which areas of their brain and body were used.
Copyright January 2016 by Arthur Burk
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