Smile!

“I will celebrate before the Lord,” 2 Samuel 6:21b

Did you know that walking with God is not always about being serious? There are supposed to be times of celebration, belly laughs, and seeing the lighter side.

Remember when David brought the Ark of God to Jerusalem after its long absence? He was so happy he danced in front of the Ark, and it wasn’t a carefully choreographed dance, either. It is described as dancing and leaping – a spontaneous burst of joy.

Then there’s the time when Ezra found the Book of the Law, dusty from disuse for many years. He read it to the people and they were overcome with grief to think of how many ways they had failed God. After awhile, Nehemiah stepped in, dismissed the sad meeting, and called for a party, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine . . . for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).

So, how happy are your morning devotional times? Do you smile when you talk to God? Does joy sneak into your heart as you read Scripture and begin to understand the pleasure God takes in his creation and in his people?

How happy are the worship times at your church? Is it a place where singing and praise-filled people worship a joy-filled God?

How happy are you when you look at God’s artwork in the sky, the freshness of new snow, or the wiggles of puppies? The things God makes should lead us to agree with Dallas Willard who said, “God is the happiest, most joyful being in the universe.”

Shouldn’t knowing him stir up happiness in us? Let’s live joy today!

“Praise is the mode of love which always has some element of joy in it.” – C. S. Lewis

4 thoughts on “Smile!

  1. Bev- I have a new email address. It is: charlene.terhaar@gmail.com Would you please update this in both the blog and in your personal email. Thanks!

    I think of you often and really miss seeing you. Hopefully that can happen sometime in the not too distant future. Do you have any plans to come to Michigan?

    How are you doing? I have appreciated and enjoyed getting back to some things a bit more normal. I have been able to see some soccer and volleyball games of the grandkids. I have not been able to begin my Women’s Bible Study group and I really do miss that. I am very excited that I am awaiting the birth of my first great grandchild due next April. Meribeth’s second daughter Kaitlin and her husband Mark are expecting. They are very thrilled.

    We have had a lot of beautiful weather this Fall and the trees have been spectacular! I know Colorado has its share of Fall beauty as well.

    Take care. Love, Char

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