Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Psalm 100:1
This is a familiar refrain in the Psalms. It is obviously important.
Where should this expression of joy begin? I would suggest it begins with the people of God. “Joy” should be the Christian’s signature – his or her defining quality. I know in my own life this isn’t regularly true and when I look around me at the Christians I know, for most, this seems to be a struggle. Some brothers and sisters seem to have the gift of “joy” but most of us are, if not Sad Sacks, not the poster children of a glorious God either.
But what a challenge! What an amazing witness it would be if we lived the challenge of Psalm 100:1. In the New Testament Philippians 4:4 echoes a similar thought: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Whatever our circumstances our relationship with God is greater and overcomes any circumstance that life may throw at us.
I have also noticed that genuinely joyful people are infectious. Are we living in such a way that when our neighbours see us they want what we have?
So are you shouting with joy and rejoicing? If not, why not start now?