Psalm 66:1-2 Shouts Of Joy And Praise

Cheering crowd

Shout for joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious. Psalm 66:1-2 

When something exciting has happened or is happening, people shout for joy. They are excited about what is going on and want everyone around to know it. In the process of the excitement, people will drop all inhibitions and go crazy with their excitement.

One area that people get excited about is when watching a sport. When their favorite team makes a winning score against a large, difficult team or in a challenging game, they shout for joy. People will jump up and down in excitement, screaming and hollering for joy at what had occurred.

Shouting for joy at a winning score in a game, is only temporary and has no real value in the larger scheme of life. Yet, the joy is there for a moment.

The writer of this psalm tells the people to shout for joy to God and to give Him praise.

God is always doing great things in a life of a believer. However, many believers are quiet about it. They might tell a few friends, but not very loudly and not enough for the world to hear.

Every day God is showing a believer new mercies. Every day God is showing His grace. Every day God is working in the life of a believer. These are just a few reasons to shout for joy.

The world needs to know what God is doing. They need to know that one is excited about God and what God is doing or has done in his life. This does not have to be quiet in a corner or only inside the church service.

Shouting for joy to God needs to be done in the open for all the world to hear.

Take a moment to think about all the great things God has done in your life. Think about what He has saved you from. These are some reasons to shout for joy.

Now go out and shout for joy. Let the world know what God has done and is doing in your life. This will encourage other believers in being His witness and it can be a great witness to those who do not know God, yet.

Be excited about God to the point that everyone will know it and get excited with you. Go out and shout some praise to God today!

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will know how great God is; that you will shout praises to God; that your joy in God will be evident to all around you; and that you will praise God at all times.

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Psalm 43:5 Discouraged? Disturbed?

Depression

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 43:5 

Discouragement is something is seen nearly everywhere. People are discouraged about their job, the family, their spouse, their dreams, and many other things. Life is not going the way that they had planned it to go and they do not understand why.

Many are also disturb at the way things are going. They see the news about killings, wars, financial crises, diseases, disasters and much more negative news and fear what is going to happen in life. They do not see any hope for anything good.

In order to cope with the discouragement and anxiety that people are feeling, many will turn to drugs, both legal and illegal. They drown themselves in things or activities to hide their pain and fears.

The author of this psalm asks the question of why his soul was downcast or discouraged and disturbed. He knew that he should be putting all of his hope and trust in God, while giving Him praise.

The discouragement and anxiety does not rest just with unbelievers, but many believers are feeling the same way also. They see what is going on and fear it. They have chosen to see the things of this world only and not see what God is doing.

Despite the garbage, sickness, sin and death in this world, every believer has a hope that is still alive. They have a reason to give God praise. God is on their side and has forgiven them and given them life. While there are troubles in this life, there is a hope of a future that is perfect with no pain, sorrow or suffering for all eternity.

Each one also has the joy of knowing God is right there with them to strengthen and guide them through this dark world. These are reasons to give God praise.

Choose to worship and praise God in spite of the negative things you see. Complaining and being depressed and discouraged will not change a thing, but praising God will give you strength. It can shed light into a dark area of life.

Put all of your hope in God and not in the people and things of this world. This world will pass away, but God will always be there.

Now go out rejoicing and praising God today!

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus offers; that you will know the hope Jesus provides; that God will remove all fear and anxiety in your life; that God will remove discouragement; ad that you will praise God in every situation. 

Psalm 30:11-12 Clothed For A Purpose

Little girls in field

You have turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever. Psalm 30:11-12 

In times of pain or sorrow, people will weep and wail, losing all joy in their life. During these times many people will turn to drugs or other things to try and cope with the pain that they are going through. Some will even seek death because the pain and suffering is so great that they feel that life cannot go on.

The things that the world uses to cope with the pain never really solve the problem. With those things there is no hope really given.

David had been going through some painful times and had been weeping and wailing before God for mercy. As he did that God heard his prayers and did help him. He put on new clothes of righteousness that brought about joy in his life. The purpose for the new clothing was to give Him praise and tell others about what God had done.

Believers today often go through difficult times. Sometimes it is brought on by personal sin in their lives, other times it is from other people. They cry out to God for mercy and God still hears to this day.

People can be clothed with the righteousness of Jesus, removing all sin and shame and filling them with everlasting joy. However, this is not just for personal relief, but to be a witness to others. It is to openly give God praise, letting the world know what He has done.

No matter what a person has done, God is there ready to forgive and move forward. He wants His people to filled with His joy being able to sing praises.

God is there today ready to forgive you and remove your dirty old clothes of sin and shame. He is ready to change your wailing to dancing and fill you with His joy that the world cannot understand.

When God pulls you through a difficult situation or has forgiven you of something you have done wrong, be willing to sing praises to Him. Be willing to share that out loud with those around you. Put joy on your face and live in that joy.

Do not stay in sorrow or pain, but accept what God has for you, knowing the hope you have in Jesus of eternal life some day.

I pray today that you will seek God with all of your heart; that you will know the forgiveness God has for you; that God will fill you with His joy; and that you will praise God for His great mercy in your life. 

Psalm 28:7 Leaping For Joy

Girl smiling in field

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7 

When something great happens in the life of a person, many will leap for joy. Sometimes this will be a physical leaping, but often it is leaping in the heart. They are excited about what is happening.

First time parents often leap for joy when their first child is born. A teen-ager leaps for joy when he gets his full driver’s license or when he graduates from school. Many will leap for joy when they get the long desired promotion at work or a good report from the doctor.

There are many different things that excite different people for different reasons. What excites one person will do nothing for another.

David saw that God was his strength and shield, so he could trust in Him to help in his time of need. This made his heart leap for joy and for him to break out in a song of praise to God.

Having good news brought to a person is always good, but often that news is just temporary. There is nothing wrong with it, but it is only for a time.

Good news of something eternal and all powerful is better. Nothing can be better than knowing that God is on one’s side and gives him the needed strength and protection. No one or no thing is greater or more powerful than God.

In this life there are many troubles and bad situations in life. It appears as if everything is negative and bad. However, when a believer knows that God is his strength and help, it can cause extreme joy and excitement in his heart. It is knowing that no matter what is happening or will happen, God is with him.

You can also have this extreme joy that David had. Realize and know that God really does love you and is willing to be your strength and shield. Put all of your hope and trust in Him.

Then, when these troubles occur, your heart can still leap for joy because you know that God is on your side and will take care of you. He will not let you go.

Like a little child jumping and shouting for joy, you can jump and shout praises of joy to God for what He is doing in and through you.

Leap for joy today because of what you have in God.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s strength for you; that you will trust in God alone; and that you will know the joy of knowing God. 

Psalm 27:8 What To Seek

Hide and seek

My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. Psalm 27:8 

People everywhere are always looking, seeking for something. Sometimes it is something that they had lost, but more often it is something that they do not have and want.

Every day billions of searches are made on Google of people seeking something. People are seeking ways to make more money, ways to be happier, ways to make life easier, ways to make one’s self look better, and many other searches.

It is commonly thought that ‘if I just have…’ or ‘if I just do…’ then one will be happy and life will be so much better. However, all those things that a person can have or do is temporary. There is only One that is eternal and never ending.

David’s own heart told him what he needed to search for. What he needed to search for was God’s face. David, then, chose to seek out God’s face.

Seeking God’s face is finding out who God is. It is finding out what God wants. It is wanting to see His face smiling because one is doing what he is supposed to be doing. It is pleasing God.

Many do not want to seek God’s face, because they fear rejection, condemnation, or a revealing of sin in their lives and hearts. They want to know God, but from a distance because they really do not want to change.

In order to get to know God, one must read His word daily and find out what it says about Him. The Bible reveals God’s character and love.

One must also take time to talk with God on a regular, daily basis. Open his ears to hear what God has to say. And then obey what one has read or heard.

You may be searching for something right now. It may be an object you need, but you may be also searching for something in this life for joy, happiness or peace. While the object will meet a temporary need, the real need is in the eternal.

True joy, happiness and peace comes only from God and knowing God. It is getting close enough to Him that you can see His face and hear His voice all the time.

Focus your time and efforts on seeking God and His face, and then take time to obey what He is showing you. In that you will find contentment and all of your real needs met.

Will you seek His face today?

I pray today that you will seek God’s face; that God will reveal Himself to you in new ways; that you will know God’s heart for you and others; and that you will know and obey what God wants of you.