Celebration – I just smile at the thought of that word. Consider the young King of Israel – David dancing with an all out exhilarating joy as he led the procession as the Ark of the Lord was led to its rightful place.
The purpose of this blog is to give hope during difficult times. However, it must be said that the compassionate hope that is spoken of recognizes the necessity of times of joy and celebration. God orchestrated many times in the Old Testament days that were set aside to help the people focus on celebrating the goodness of God and His provision for their needs. Joy is a need of the human heart. Just as there are seasons of distress and trouble, in a healthy life there are times of choosing to participate in celebration, joy and dancing.
Here are some powerful words from II Samuel: “David and all the people of Israel were celebrating before the Lord, singing songs and playing all kinds of musical instruments – lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets, and cymbals.” (II Samuel 6:5 NLT). And from verse 14, “…David danced before the Lord with all his might…” Creativity, all kinds of musical instruments, joy and dancing were part of the believers experience, and so it should be ours as well.
There are times that celebration seems natural – times when we receive good news, days when we are very happy for someone else or moments when we feel incredibly blessed. However, we can also choose to celebrate things like recognizing that God’s grace is sufficient for us, that God loves us no matter what, and that God can and will use everything – even the difficult things – to bring about His will and purpose in our lives. We can celebrate in response to the memory of a great event when God really came through for us – it is a good way to help us remember. We can celebrate that we have people in our lives that love us and care for our situations. There can be glimmers of joy in very little things if we choose to appreciate many seemingly small things all around us.
What can you celebrate today?