Bursting with Joy
Verse 1 Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise Him.
Today we enter the third week of Advent, the week of joy.
Joy. The word itself tends to bring a smile to our face. At least it should as Christians. Let’s face it, as Christians we have so much to be thankful for and we know Who to be thankful to, that should bring us great joy.
As we head towards Christmas we see many forms of faux joys. There are lights, gifts and parties. Tinsel, drinks and cookies. All these things may bring some level of temporal happiness but they are not the things of lasting joy. No, for joy we need one thing, which is not really a thing but a person, Jesus.
Jesus is the reason that this can be a season of joy. He is the source and giver of joy. There was joy in the womb of Elizabeth at the sound of Mary’s greeting (Luke 1:41). The presence of the Lord caused an unborn baby to jump for joy. Only Jesus brings that kind of joy! This is the kind of joy that the shepherds felt as they left the stable rejoicing. This joy is what Mary Magdalene felt after meeting the risen Savior in the garden on the first Easter morning.
This joy that comes from knowing Him is what should be propelling us in our Christian walk. As we see in our key verse for today, joyful praise is fitting for those that are upright. Elizabeth rejoiced when John the Baptist jumped in her womb not because of the baby in her womb but because she knew who the Baby in Mary’s womb was. The shepherds rejoiced because they knew who the Babe in the manger was. Mary Magdalene rejoiced because she knew He was the risen Savior.
In this week of Advent we anticipate the celebration of His birth with this personal joy of knowing that the Creator of the universe sent His only begotten Son and member of the Godhead to come to earth to walk among mankind as one of us. This act of love should bring us great joy and have us spreading this joy to all those around us because we know who He is.
Making It Personal
Do you feel joy from knowing who He is? What portion of who He is brings you the greatest joy? Do others know your joy and why you have that joy?
Making It Personal Kids
What does joy feel like? Do you feel joy? Why does Jesus bring us joy?
Father, thank You for this gift of joy. Open our hearts and minds to see all You want us to know about joy as we study though it this week. In Jesus’ name, amen.