Psalm 100:1,2 - Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, even though we’re not quite into December yet. In some circles, you can already hear the “bah humbugs” from those who don’t appreciate the lights, the music, the decorations. For many though, it’s such a wonderful joyous time of the year. Glee is really hard to hold back for some. They even have a daily collection of Christmas sweaters no matter the weather. Buddy the Elf, from the movie, is a fictional character, but some people are exactly like Buddy - smiling, singing, and happy everyday until Christmas.
I don’t know why that sentiment has to end after Christmas though. That’s the sense you get when you read how David worshipped the Lord in Psalms, especially Psalm 100. When was the last time you shouted for joy in church? When was the last time you shouted for joy on Monday morning? Why should there be any shouting at all? Because of the joy of the Lord.
When you’re happy and you know, you just have to show it. You can’t hide it or contain it. Joy is one of those things that just spills over into every thing you do. We as believers have a reason to shout and sing. We have cause for the gladness in our heart, and it’s all because of the great God we serve.
If it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, it’s all because of the joy and the gift creation has been given with the birth of Christ. Shout it out. Don’t hold it back. And don’t let it en d on December 26th. This joy is not dependent on days or even troubles. The last verse of Psalm 100 says, “His faithfulness continues though all generations.”