Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.” 1 Chronicles 16:31
This particular verse is from David’s Song of Thanksgiving. There are several verses in the Bible that call on us to rejoice. This verse calls on the people of the earth to rejoice and not just leave it up to the Saints in heaven to do all the rejoicing. We are called to worship Him and rejoice in Him. Even on our worst day we can find something to rejoice about; even it is the simple fact that God is still God and He sent His son, our Savior, at Christmas.
But praise and worship requires an individual commitment. It’s something we should want to do on a regular basis. I can’t just call one of my friends and say, “Hey, I’m kind of busy putting up the Christmas tree today, would you go ahead and praise God for me because I’m just not going to be able to find the time.” Or, “I stayed out late last night and I’m not going to be able to make church this morning, so sing extra loud for me.”
Commitment. It seems you see less and less of it these days, in all areas, not just in religion. Society has become so carefree and flippant that people don’t make consistent commitments to anything, including God and each other. We are so used to being catered to that we forget about things we need to commit to doing. We are all about our own convenience. I swear one of these days there will be drive-through church. We don’t even have to leave the comfort of our own homes to shop anymore; we can do it online and have it delivered to our front door. If we don’t want to cook dinner, we can have dinner delivered. We are spoiled, plain and simple, and if it’s not easy, well, we don’t want to do it. But God requires more of us than to just do things at our own convenience.
I will close with Philippians 4:4: “Rejoice in the Lord always……” Always. Not when it’s convenient, not when we get around to it. Rejoice in the Lord always, again, I say rejoice!