By Ryan Brousson
I don’t know about you, but sometimes the Christian life can feel pretty subdued and serious. Ever vigilant for Satan’s attacks or to keep from straying from the narrow way. Always serious about preaching the gospel to those who have not heard it. And on top of that, life’s burdens get us down, especially right now with the health and economic situation we are in. It can be a rough and dreary life. But God wants us to be joyful, not artificially, paste a fake smile on your face and pretend everything is good. The Book of Psalms is pretty clear that life is not always sunshine and roses. It is okay to feel the negative of life.
But it is also okay to feel the positive of life as well. In talking about our salvation, Psalm 98:4-6 says: “Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; break forth and sing for joy and sing praises. Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, With the lyre and the sound of melody. With trumpets and the sound of the horn, shout joyfully before the King, the Lord.”
We are to praise the God who sent His Son to save us. Not in a morose, monotone, straight face way, but in an excited, joyous, energetic way. Shout!, Break forth!, Sing! in thankfulness for the salvation that God has given us. Though life is not easy, we can sing joyously because God has redeemed us from this world of sin.
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