Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world. Isaiah 12:6
Singing is something that people will do to share what is on their heart. It can be sharing a sadness, an anger or a great joy. It can have a powerful impact upon those who are listening, because it is something that is from the inner heart.
When someone is having extreme joy about something, they can burst into song about it. Some may come up with their own words, while many will sing a song that says what they are thinking or feeling at the moment.
The singing heard in musicals is what drives the story along. It brings in every type of emotion available. It can set the mood of the situation or destroy it.
Isaiah tells the people to sing to the Lord. The purpose of this singing is because of what He has already done and to let the world know what He has done.
Every believer has at least one thing that they can burst into singing about. One thing that is so great that they should not be quiet about it. That is their salvation, their forgiveness of sins.
No one deserved anything from God but death. Yet, God chose not to give death, but to pay the price for sins and to give life. This alone is enough to cause one to burst into singing and shouting for joy as though he had won the million dollar lottery.
Along with salvation and forgiveness of sins, God has also done many other things, if a person takes a moment to think of them. All these things are what the world needs to hear. It is being His witness. When the world hears one singing with joy, they will stop to listen, because they do not have that joy, they do not know the joy of salvation.
Take some time to think about what God has done for you. Think about the salvation God has given you. Think about the other blessings God has provided you in the middle of toil and suffering.
Allow these things to bubble up in your heart and burst forth in singing songs of praise and joy to God so that they whole world may hear about it. Do not hide these things in your heart, but sing it out and allow others to hear and know of God’s great deeds in your life.
I pray today that you will know the joy of God’s salvation provided to you; that you will know what God has done for you; that God will place a song of praise on your heart; and that you will sing of God’s glory and power to this world.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
After setting the base of love, Paul mentions joy as the second fruit of the Spirit. Joyo is something that people sing about during the Christmas season–Joy to the World. Yet, joy is something that appears to escape or evade many people.
Walking around and looking at the faces of people, very few show any signs of any type of joy in their lives. Often all that is seen is hurt, pain, suffering, and depression, anything but joy.
What is joy?
Often people will think of joy as happiness, but it is much more. Throughout the bible joy is often mentioned.
I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing (joy) in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Luke 15:7
Let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them! Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 1 Chronicles, 16: 32-34
There are also many other verses that talk about joy. Joy is found in heaven and on this earth. We are to be filled with joy.
So what is joy? It is more than just happiness, it is extreme happiness. It is happiness in spite of what is going on around you. Being filled with God’s joy is being filled with His extreme happiness and pleasure.
You may now be asking how can I be filled with joy when this world is filled with such hate, destruction, pain and suffering. My life is full of hurt and pain. I am struggling to survive, so where can I find joy in all of this?
Joy can be found in the Lord and in the salvation that He provides. Take a moment to look at and read 1 Peter 1. After talking about salvation, Peter says that in all this you greatly rejoice, even though you may be going through many trials.
Think about how exciting salvation is. All of your sins have been removed forever! You get to live forever! You have a day that is coming in which there will never be any more sorrow, pain, suffering, sickness or death! Jesus is preparing a place for you in heaven so that you may be with Him and the Father for all eternity!
All of these things are wrapped up in salvation, what Jesus did for you on the cross. And one of the greatest things is that this salvation is free. All you have to do is accept it, deny self and follow Jesus. What better news could you ever receive than this?
While the world has no hope and is seeing only death and destruction, you can see life beginning and spreading around the world. God is a God who brings life to people, not death. He wants all to be successful in Jesus and building His kingdom. This is a great joy to have.
Along with what God is providing for you, you can also see when God moves in the hearts of other people and they begin to follow Jesus. All of heaven is rejoicing over the new salvation. You can also rejoice with great joy.
Now as a believer and follower of Jesus, you are filled with God’s Holy Spirit. You have His Holy Spirit living in you and guiding you. If you have His Holy spirit living in you, then there should be some sign of His presence in your life. This is where the fruit of the Spirit comes in.
You should be bearing fruit as to what is inside of you. Your life should be one that is bearing and showing love (self-sacrificing love) and joy. Do not be like many in the church walking around with a serious frown on their face and no joy in life at all.
Allow joy to overflow in your life so much that those around you cannot help but see it and get a taste of it in their own lives. Live in the positive mindset that God has saved you, given you a new life and He is in control. This will show joy to this world.
Thank you for stopping by and reading this. Next week I will be looking at the fruit of the Spirit–peace. Until then, may your life be filled with God’s love and joy.
I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. Psalm 145:1-2
There are things that people do every day. Some things are the same with most ever person all over the world, such as eating, drinking, putting on clothes, and sleeping. Some things that are done are done involuntarily, such as breathing.
Along with the normal things that people do, there are some things that some do and some do not do. Some people will do some type of exercise every day, such as lifting weights, running, swimming, or some other exercise.
Many have hobbies that they strive to work on every day a little. This can be sewing, reading, writing, painting, or some other hobby.
These things are done either out of necessity or because they like doing it.
David tells God that he will exalt and praise His name every day for ever and ever. Not only will he praise, but will do it with excitement and joy.
One reason many people do a lot of hobbies is to escape the struggles and pressures of this life. Every day there are many difficulties that people must face and so they turn to something to help them cope with it.
Believers can praise God. This turns the focus off the problems and onto God. And the list of what a person can praise God for is endless.
One only has to think about what Jesus did on the cross for him to make him break out in praise to God for His great love and sacrifice. Each moment that a person has breath to breathe is a reason to praise God. There is no end for reasons to praise God.
When life is going good for you and there are no major struggles, praise God. At the same time, when there are struggles in your life that are weighing you down and feel like they are crushing you, praise God.
Make praising God your number one priority to accomplish every day. Seek a way to praise God every hour that you are awake of every day.
The more you praise God, the more you will want to praise God. The more you realize how great God is, the more you will realize how great He really is.
Praising God should be your greatest hobby each day.
I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s sacrifice for you; that you will know the blessings God has given you; and that you will praise God every day in every situation with great joy.