2 Samuel 6:14-15 (New Living Translation)
14 And David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment. 15 So David and all the people of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and the blowing of rams’ horns.
Psalm 149:1-4 (GOD’S WORD Translation)
1Hallelujah! Sing a new song to the Lord.
Sing his praise in the assembly of godly people.
2Let Israel find joy in their creator.
Let the people of Zion rejoice over their king.
3Let them praise his name with dancing.
Let them make music to him with tambourines and lyres,
4because the Lord takes pleasure in his people.
He crowns those who are oppressed with victory.
Psalm 150 (New Living Translation)
1 Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heaven!
2 Praise him for his mighty works;
praise his unequaled greatness!
3 Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn;
praise him with the lyre and harp!
4 Praise him with the tambourine and dancing;
praise him with strings and flutes!
5 Praise him with a clash of cymbals;
praise him with loud clanging cymbals.
6 Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!
Praise the Lord!
I grew up in a church that had a lot of standing and sitting, but very little "exuberant praise" to the Lord. For many centuries in the church the people have been stifled in their praise, and have not had the benefit of exhibiting their joy for what the Lord has done for them. In fact many denominations have become very legalistic in what they allow you to do in worship, not allowing the congregation to truly express themselves, to the point that some even prohibit the use of instruments. No wonder many have become disallusioned and bored with the denominational church.
There is nothing more inportant than giving God thanks for His gift of Jesus Christ in our lives. These days, I am glad that there has been a revitalization of praise and worship in many churches. We should follow the example of King David, who was called a man after God's own heart. In the passage from 2 Samuel we read how he unashamedly danced in front of the people and the presence of God (who's earthly presence was represented in the Ark of the Covenant at the time). This occurred over 3000 years ago as David led the worship of the people in God's presence.
So if you are timid about raising your hands or moving to contemporary praise and worship music, let go and worship God with your entire being. It really is okay, and he is deserving of all of our praise.