Monday, December 22, 2008
Advent Week Four ~ Joy ~ Day Two
Today's post is from guest blogger, Kris.
Shout with joy to the LORD, all the earth!
Worship the LORD with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.
Acknowledge that the LORD is God!
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the LORD is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
Have you ever been to a “good old fashioned” Pentecostal meeting? The Pentecostals used to be (and sometimes still are)looked at strangely by other more mainstream denominations. Some called us “holy rollers” and said we “jumped the pews” and “swung from the chandeliers.” Why did they call us names and think we were strange? Excesses occurred sometimes, it is true, However, at least in part, it was because the church was filled with joy and folks were NOT going to be quiet about it.
Those early Pentecostal wanted everyone to know that Christ had died for our sins, risen from the dead and was living in our hearts. If you have ever watched a child that has happy news, he is tripping over his words to tell you about it. That is the kind of joy we should have.
Psalm 100 is a chapter I highly recommend memorizing and repeating to yourself when you are feeling blue. It is good to give the Lord thanks, to praise his name and to sing for joy. Even on those days when you aren’t feeling joyful, these three things help to bring a smile to your face:
1. praise him
2. thank him and
3. sing out loud with joy!
When you focus on the Lord and all he is and all he has done, it is hard to stay down in the dumps.
Challenge: Today tell someone, anyone, something that God has done for you. Share it and watch the joy grow.