Perhaps, it is fitting that we finalize the segment on the Ten Commandments with a Psalm of JOY. Yesterday, my husband began a new decade in life. Dealing with physical ailments always brings an element of indecision and worry (especially when you are around doctors!) You get tired of having your entire life revolve around going to the doctors and begin to believe you know more about the lives of the various nurses, doctors, receptionists, and insurance agents than you do your own friends and family!
That is when you have to step back, breathe, and find your center again…which is why I chose joy as my topic this weekend.
Sometimes, we forget that there is a joy just in being alive. We get caught up in the news, the arguments of politics, the very real stress of trying to eek out a living, the weariness of all the agents trying to steal our time.
This is when we need to be reminded of joy. Psalm 100 says: Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Shout. Make noise. Serve. Come to Him. Know Him. We are HIS.
Give thanks. Give praise for our being blessed–for our Lord is good, merciful, and His love is everlasting to all the generations.
GOD wants to give us JOY. That joy will endure through our days.
One advantage to the internet is its ability to render one as anonymous. If you are trying to find me, I’ll be the old lady singing at the top of her lungs to Il Volo, the Lettermen, Secret Garden, the Beach Boys, Keith and Krystin Getty, the Monkees, Barry Manilow, Amy Grant, all Frank Wilder music, and most Broadway shows as I tool down the road!
Take time for JOY each day…