In a world of trouble and turmoil the child of God can sing for joy. I’m speaking of real, honest joy. Not the kind that comes and goes produced by comedians or a humorist author. The real kind that comes from a peaceful inner being. The kind the world wants but most often settles for the other kind.
When the scriptures tell us to rejoice always we often find that hard to do. Too many sad and disappointing things happen in real life. We let those things rob us of the real joy that should be ours. A lot of times its because of unmet expectations. We want so many things and so many things to happen in a prescribed way. The world does not play fair with us and we just don’t get what we want, how we want it. Who can be happy when their expectations aren’t met?
Possibly we can’t sing a joyful song because we expect the wrong things. God gives us so much but we aren’t focused on those things. When we want the things of the world we may well be disappointed and sad.
Possibly we can’t sing a joyful song because we find ourselves in great difficulties. Times are hard, our health is bad, we are alone and so forth. Like the servant of old we need to have our eyes open to see the hand of God. Take for instance the line quoted above from the Psalms. Let’s look at its context. “For you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.” Wow! What a powerful thought. God is taking care of me. He’s put me in the shadow of his wings and with that protection I will fear no evil thing. Remember what Jesus said to Jerusalem? Matt 23:37-38 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.”
Could the reason that we aren’t singing in joy be that we are unwilling to take shelter under the shadow of his wings? Those who do, sing with joy. What kind of song are you singing today?