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?
Thank you for this one; great post!