True Joy

Key Text: Psalm 92 selected verses

A psalm. A song. For the Sabbath day.

It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High,

proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night,

to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp.

For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord;

   I sing for joy at what your hands have done.

 

One thing about Christians – we should be joyful people.

Even when we are struggling, even when we are challenged or attacked for our beliefs, even when…

We should be a joyful people.

Even when we are not necessarily happy at the moment, even when…

We should be a joyful people.

I think this is what the Psalmist is getting at, though the poem was written long before Christianity began.

Praising the Lord, making music in God’s name, proclaiming God’s love, being made glad by God’s deeds, singing for joy for all God has done – these are all the things a people of faith – a Christian people – should do every day.

“In this world you shall have trouble….”

This is true.

Yet this should not, must not steal our joy from us.

We are God’s people, with an eternal destiny laid out before us.

That, above all, should bring us – and the world – true joy.

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