God desires that all Christians be perfect reflections of Jesus. The reason this is thrilling to me today is this: Whatever God commands us to be, is something that He already is. He tells us to be forgiving, because He is forgiving. He tells us to be merciful, loving, kind, pure, holy, just, and perfect – and God himself is all those things. What’s more, God is all those things perfectly. God IS love. He DEFINES holiness. So when God tells us over and over in scripture to be joyful? When God tells us that a fruit of the Spirit is joy? That means that God himself is a joyful God!
Doesn’t that just bless your heart?? God is joyful! He is giant and powerful and holy and jovial! Can you imagine God’s joyful laugh? I cannot wait to hear it! I cannot wait to be in the presence of perfect joy!
Are you maybe having a hard time picturing our God as a joyful God? Read these scriptures with me:
“The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” [Zephaniah 3:17] (Oh, my, word. I am in love with every part of this verse. He's with me. He's mighty. He's a warrior, who saves. He delights in me, doesn't rebuke me. Rejoices over me! Sings over me! I'm rambling, and this is redundant, and the Word speaks for itself. But you're gonna have to deal, because I can't help it. Wow. Bam.)
“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’” [Luke 15:4-6]
God rejoices over us with singing! God rejoices when someone who was lost is found! I can’t get over the idea that God sings over us. And that He would essentially throw a party with His neighbors because of His delight in saving us. My spirit is lifted and I am filled with joy as I think on my joyful God.
I pray that we would be reflections of Christ today, in many ways, but certainly in joy!
“We sing in jubilation, adoration to a joyful King You are spinning and You are singing Zealous love over all Your children
Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee God of glory, Lord of love Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee Opening to the sun above Melt the clouds of sin and sadness Drive the dark of doubt away Giver of immortal gladness Fill us with the light of day
All Thy works with joy surround Thee Earth and heaven reflect Thy rays Stars and angels sing around Thee Center of unbroken praise Field and forest, vale and mountain Flowery meadow, flashing sea Chanting bird and flowing fountain Call us to rejoice in Thee
Mortals, join the happy chorus, Which the morning stars began; Father love is reigning o’er us, Brother love binds man to man. Ever singing, march we onward, Victors in the midst of strife, Joyful music leads us Sunward In the triumph song of life.
We sing in jubilation, adoration to a joyful King You are spinning and You are singing Zealous love over all Your children.” [Arranged/Performed by Charlie Hall]
In the name of Christmas:
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