Today’s posting is in response to a question form a dear friend of mine who is following my blog. She had never heard the expression “frozen chosen” and asked me what it meant. Here’s my interpretation and why I want to be known for showing out for the Lord and not for being frozen.
Frozen chosen really means the people who have accepted Jesus as their personal savior, but never show any outward expression of their excitement for what the Lord has done. They are the people who sit stoically without clapping and certainly never raise their hands no matter what is happening around them. Quite literally, they look frozen because they are so stiff. One wonders if Jesus showed up, would they express any outward excitement at all.
Now, I must admit I have room to improve, but I try to look like I’m happy to be in the house of the Lord. I definitely sing and clap. I move to the music at least in a slight sway much of the time because I love the music and the subject we’re singing about.
I believe there is ample evidence in the Bible that we're to act joyous for the Lord.
In fact, one of the most famous role models is David. He greatly offended the proprieties of his wife by dancing through the streets for the Lord. When Michal rebuked him for acting in a manner unbecoming for a king, David said: “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel. I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes…” (2 Samuel 6:21-22) He then chose never go to her again.
I want to be more like King David and look foolish to some because I’m so excited about praising the Lord. We're going to live forever because of what Jesus has done for us if we accept him as our Lord and Savior. That makes me want to shout. And, there’s plenty of biblical evidence it’s okay to shout and dance.
“You turned my wailing into dancing; You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.” (Psalm 30:11)
“Come let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.” (Psalm 95:1)
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music.” (Psalm 98:4)
“They raise their voices; they shout for joy from the west they acclaim the Lord’s majesty.” (Isaiah 24:14)
The bottom line is we don’t need to worry what other people think about us when we're truly praising the Lord. If we shout, sway, raise hands, sing, dance, or amen at the top of our lungs and it's because we want to show God how much we love and adore Him, I think He’s going to be pleased.