Words from the Heart for Wednesday July 11th, 2018
Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King. Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp.
Psalm 149:2-3 (NIV)
Let the People Be Glad
Let us worship this wonderful, eternal God who is our Maker. In this psalm the nation Israel is instructed to break forth into jubilant praise to the Lord. This instruction is for us as individuals, too. This is much more than just silently worshipping Him in our hearts. He is worthy of all praise and is the centre of our celebration.
On April 27, 1945, Mr. H. van Heulen of Leeuwarden Holland wrote a letter to the family of Joe Croft, a Canadian soldier who had been staying with them following the liberation of Holland from the Germans. The letter describes how challenging life had been for the Dutch people over the past five years and what had happened to Holland as the Germans were being driven back by the Canadian troops. The letter expresses how glad they were to have had Joe stay with them.
The Christian faith is marked with joy. The word Gospel, after all, means ‘Good News’ and there is nothing like good news to bring joy. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit and it ought to mark the life of every follower of Jesus. As far back as King David, the Bible speaks of the gladness that marks the life of those whose lives have been impacted by the One true God. Psalm 149:2-3 says, “Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King. Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp.” The worship in Jerusalem was marked with great joy. After all, the God who had created them and had redeemed Israel was the God who continued to pour out His blessings on His people. He still does. He begins by removing our sin and drawing us to Himself. Then He takes up residence in us by the Holy Spirit and assures us of His abiding presence. The follower of Jesus ought to reflect the resulting joy in every aspect of our lives.
These have been words from the heart.