Daily Devotions

Reason to Make a Joyful Noise

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Reason to Make a Joyful Noise

 

"O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!" (Psalm 95:1)

 

This is another enthronement psalm. God is the great king who is enthroned on high and cares for all creation, including each one of us. This reign of God described in Psalm 95 has eschatological elements. Eschatology is concerned with the last days or the final judgment of our world. So, Psalm 95 describes the reign of God, including a statement of what happens in the last days, or final judgment of God.

 

When one hears "last days," or "final judgment,"  we recoil in fear and trembling. That fear is the reason the psalmist begins verse one with singing to "the rock of our salvation." God expects us to be accountable for our actions, but ultimately, we are able to sing because this "rock of our salvation" loves us and provides divine grace. Even in our imperfection, we know that God forgives, and loves us.

 

Today, reflect on a situation or a sin that has kept you emotionally crippled. Perhaps you have not allowed God forgive you, because you have not forgiven yourself. God's expectation of accountability is not motivated by the desire to hold you down, or kick you out of the kingdom of God. Accountability is motivated by a desire for each of us to recognize our need for forgiveness and renewal which makes us so happy we cannot help but "make a joyful noise." Offer God your struggle, and let God forgive you. Then sing your favorite upbeat song, and feel the joy re-enter every part of your being. Rejoice!

More Discipline?!

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"Happy are those whom you discipline, O Lord...for justice will return to the righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it." (Psalm 94:12 & 15)

 

When I was a boy, my mother and grandmother used to correct my grammar all the time. Each time I misspoke, I would be corrected. It drove me crazy. At times it felt like I couldn't open my mouth without saying something wrong. Yet, more than forty years later, I could not be more appreciative for their commitment to disciplining me. I am able to confidently stand up in front of large groups of people each week because the proper use of the English language was drummed into me.

 

Similarly, Psalm 94 describes how a person can be frustrated with God for regularly providing discipline. Yet, if we ignore God and live beyond God's discipline, we will be left unhappy and ill prepared to live a just and upright life. God creates rules and laws, not to limit our happiness, but to live a full and happy life.

 

Think about the way your parent(s) raised you. What were their rules? "As long as you live under my roof you will..." Then consider how their expectations molded you into the person you are today. Whether or not your parent(s) expectations were appropriate in every situation, you can trust God to be appropriate and righteous in every situation. What do you believe God is calling you to do to fulfill God's righteousness in your life? What rule or expectation is gnawing at you? Then pray honestly, that God will give you the strength and trust to bring you happiness through divine discipline. God bless your prayer!

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