I may have grown up Baptist, but in the right place at the right time with the right people, I love to break out my moves from ballet…and a few new ones I picked up in college. Sometimes you just have to move to express your excitement! That’s what this Psalm is about…celebrating on the way to a feast in Jerusalem:
“When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy…”
Israel’s feasts were all focused around celebrating how God was at work and the promises He had given them. He was going to act and send them a Messiah, a king in the line of David, who would restore their fortunes. This was something to celebrate! Isaiah picks up the same theme:
“Go on up to a high mountain,
O Zion, herald of good news;[e]
lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good news;[f]
lift it up, fear not;
say to the cities of Judah,
“Behold your God!”
10 Behold, the Lord God comes with might,
and his arm rules for him;
behold, his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.
11 He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms;
he will carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young.”
We forget to celebrate what God is doing around Christmas. I get so busy trying to find the right gift for the party tonight (and hopefully re-gift something for the one on Friday) that I forget whose birthday we are actually celebrating! The good news of Christmas is not that my check-list of gifts was supplied, it is a chance to enjoy the people I know, and celebrate the One who brings joy to a world full of shredded dreams and broken hearts. Hope in the middle of a crazy, confusing world. That is reason to celebrate!
God, I’m so excited to see what You are doing. When I focus on my circumstances, this world is overwhelming. When I look out and see what You are doing in my life and the lives of those around me and get a glimpse of history, and the story You are writing, I get excited! Thank You for how You are working to bring healing to broken places. Thank You for helping me get perspective. And please help me to spread the joy to those around me! Hallelujah!