Psalm 32:11 Rejoice And Be Glad

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Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in the heart! Psalm 32:11 

Everywhere a  person looks there appears to be trouble. The news is filled with negative events, deaths, murders, crime, suffering, lies, theft, and more. People are walking in fear of their lives, fear of being robbed or killed.

Along with all of the bad news being spread, there are the problems of life. There is sickness, debt, divorce, and more that plague the lives of many people.

Finding something to be happy about appears to be elusive to many people in the world. They look to drugs and comedians to find a place to laugh and be happy. They seek things to remove them from the troubles in this world.

David found a reason to rejoice and be glad with a song in the heart. He had many struggles and troubles throughout his life, yet he would rejoice and sing songs of praise to God. He found forgiveness from God.

Jesus promised every believer that he would have a lot of troubles in this world. There would be pain and suffering, yet, the believer has a reason to rejoice.

Every pain and suffering that a person goes through here on this earth is temporary. It will only last for a short time in light of eternity.

There is one trouble that a person goes through, however, that is not temporary if not dealt with correctly. That trouble is condemnation of sin. It is a death sentence.

The good news is that Jesus has paid for that sin and is willing to forgive and forget that sin. This is of eternal value. Being given the gift of forgiveness is the greatest thing that any believer can ever receive.

Getting forgiveness should cause every person to rejoice and be glad. It should put a song of praise on his lips. It has eternal value, greater than anything on this earth.

Seek out God’s forgiveness for any and every sin you have ever committed. Jesus is right there willing to forgive you, since He paid for those sins.

Now, think about what Jesus has done for you. Let that sink into your heart. Now you have a reason to rejoice and be glad, regardless of what troubles you have in your life. The greatest trouble–eternal death–has been wiped away.

Sing now praises of thanksgiving and worship to the God for what He has done for you.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus provides; that you will find joy in worshipping God; that you will be glad in the Lord; and that you will sing songs of praise to God. 

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Matthew 11:16-17 Imitate

“To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.” Matthew 11:16-17

Jesus starts this section out with talking about John the Baptist. John had sent some men to find out more about Jesus. After answering them, Jesus asks the people who they thought John was.

John the Baptist was a different sort of man. He did not fit the normal “church” person. He didn’t were a suit and tie, eat the same fancy foods, or live in the nice homes. The world did not like John.

Now He compares the people like children. Children imitate what they see. Most of what they see is seen in their parents. Watch how children act and play and you will have a good idea of what the parents are like. Although this is not accurate all the time, it is the majority of the time.

Here Jesus talks about the children playing an instrument and singing. As children play an instrument they expect those around to dance with them. As they sing a sad song, they expect others to mourn with them.

The world is singing “happy” songs and want you to dance with them. They are “living” up the life and cannot understand why you will not join them. Or why you will not mourn with the world over the same things.

The world rejoices when the stock market is up and mourns when it is down. As a believer, neither is of real concern because his focus is on Jesus.

What do you sing about? What makes you rejoice? What makes you sad?

Every person is a child of someone. Your father is either the devil or God. Who are you imitating?

As you play and sing, are you playing and singing what God is doing? Are you being an imitation of Jesus?

Jesus will not dance to the music of the world. He will not get excited over the actions of the world. What life are you living today?

I pray today that God will draw you closer to Him; that you will live your life in imitation of Jesus; that you will not live like the devil; that you will follow Jesus with all of your heart, soul, mind and heart; and that God will work in and through you to build His kingdom.

Hebrews 2:12 Sing God Praises

“He says, ‘I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; in the assembly I will sing your praises.” Hebrews 2:12

The one speaking here is Jesus. The really awesome thing stated here is that He calls us His brothers and sisters. This also shows us that God is our Father. What more could one ask for…to be the child of the one who made, owns, and controls absolutely everything in the universe both seen and unseen?

Many people would love to be the child of a Bill Gates, or some other rich or famous person. They think it would solve all their problems financially, get them the open doors to fame and wealth. Although a wealthy famous father here on earth can do a lot–how much more can the one who made everything and controls it all do for us?

Then Jesus states He will sing praises to the Father among us. He is singing praises for all the good the Father has done and is doing. It was the Father’s plan that brought about salvation for each of us. You and I need to join in singing praises to God the Father today. Praise Him for bringing salvation; for your food; for your health; for your clothes; for the breath you breathe; for your life; for everything.

I pray that God will reveal Himself more to you today of who He is. I pray that today the Holy Spirit will give you a song of praise upon your heart; that you would not be afraid to sing it out to God today; that you would include others in singing these songs of praise alongside of Jesus Himself.