April 2, 2020 Give Thanks

Colossians 3-16

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 96:1 Sing A New Song

Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Psalm 96:1

In many musicals, when a person falls in love with another person, they often break out in some type of love song. The song is showing what is inside their heart. They are excited and filled with joy at the idea that they are in love, that they love someone and that person loves them back.

Look at a little child that breaks out in a new song about something. Often the child is making up her own little song. Again it shows the joy and love that she is feeling about someone or something.

The psalmist encourages the people to sing a new song to the Lord. With thousands of songs out there, why would he want the people to sing and other new song?

While singing a song that someone else had written, it is not the same as a personal song. Often the songs sound very good and the words are great, but they miss part of what is in the heart.

Only you can truly sing from your heart what is in your heart. Think about the things that God has done in and for you. Think about how great His love is for you. Think about all the blessings God has given you over the years. As you think about these things, your heart should be bursting with love for God. Your mind should be blown at how God has blessed you, over and over.

As this happens, sing a song letting God and this world know what you are feeling. The world may think you are just a little bit crazy, but they will see something that they really want to have. They want that love and joy that you contain. Many really want to be free to be able to express their feelings in outrageous ways.

How are you expressing your love for God?

Are you just going to church and quietly telling others?

Or are you bursting out in song, letting the whole world know?

Sing to the Lord a new song today and maybe some will sing along with you.

I pray today that you will be filled with God’s joy and love; that you will be deeply in love with God; that you will have song on your heart for God at all times; and that you will sing a love song to God today for all the world to hear.