“You turned my lament into dancing; You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, so that I can sing to You and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise You forever.” Psalm 30:11-12
I confess that as a parent I pick on my kids a lot. One of the things that I love to do is to let them think that we are going to do something they think will be really boring only to do something that they love. It is so funny because they will whine and complain about the “boring” thing they think is coming. But, once they find out the truth excited screams and happy dances rule the day. They expected boring and depressing. They experienced joy and excitement. And I experience a whole lot of laughter.
I think sometimes we approach worshipping God the same way. We think that we always have to be calm, reverent, and respectful. Don’t misunderstand. Sometimes we do need to be calm, reverent, and respectful. But other times we need to celebrate. We need to celebrate the grace, mercy, and love that God has poured out upon us. We need to shout for joy and test drive our happy dance. We failed God, but He forgave. We rejected Him, but He did not reject us. We were dead in our disobedience, but He made us alive. We did not know Him, but He sent His Son Jesus into the world so we could know Him. We were far from Him, but God brought us into relationship with Him. That is why we can celebrate Christmas and every day with joy – and sometimes even with a happy dance!
How do you worship God with joy?
How do you explain the joy of worshipping God to others?