Have you ever experienced excitement so enormous that you can’t contain it inside?
My husband, Marc, always finds my excitement hilarious to watch because when I get level 10 excited, it’s like I’m a dog that doesn’t have a tail so all I’m doing is shaking back in forth with a massive, wonderful grin on my face. It’s pretty great to witness I would assume. But sometimes, there’s those moments of excitement where nothing you do on the outside can express how joyful you feel on the inside…so what do you do? You shout! You jump out of your seat! You high fave friends! You chest bump, you juju or running man! You make as much noise as you can and move around with all of your energy because you have so much going on inside that you’re doing everything you can do get it out and express it to the world.
But what gets us that excited?
For me…honestly…a new episode of New Girl or Modern Family gets me pretty excited. The thought that Stranger Things Season 2 is coming in January gets me super stoked. The fact that Christmas is right around the corner makes me wake up energized. Or even surprises - I love surprises! Not the scary kind, the good kind. I hate being scared...Torie Fields. But anyways…
What gets you excited?…What event or moment creates an excitement within you that sparks a joyful praise?
As you read the book of Psalms (the book right in the middle of the Bible), you see that the Israelites knew how to praise God. They didn’t just lift up a hand in worship or give Jesus a little three second “woooo!”
Psalm 98:4-6 says, “Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn - shout for joy before the Lord, the King.”
Now I confess…I have not brought a trumpet to worship since…ever. Nor do I own a ram’s horn. But the point is not bringing an instrument, the point is bringing true, meaningful praise before the Lord for everything He has done for you and I…He died for us…umm, that deserves the biggest ram’s horn we can find and every trumpet known to man kind.
I so often grow numb to all that God has done and is doing for me, especially amidst trials and pain, like relationships that are rocky or prayers that haven't yet been answered. But I forget that each day is a miracle, even if it's a tough day. And I somehow forget the fact that if God ceased loving me, I would cease to exist. Stop and think about that for a second. If God ceased loving you, you would cease to exist. Poof. Bam. Gone. That's INSANE. So ya...amidst the hardships, each day is a miracle.
I carry on with my days thanking Him for certain conversations or for answering those specific prayers, but I forget to simply thank Him for the air I breathe and the opportunity to live another day in His presence.
What would it look like for us to “shout for joy to the LORD” each and every day, no matter the circumstance? Worship and praise is crafted in so many ways - fit for each different personality and gifting. How will you shout for joy to the LORD today, this week, and until He returns or calls us home?