“O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth! Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised.” (Psalm 96:1-4)
When joy is so great that it cannot be contained, it is expressed in song. What better way to express the joy of the knowledge of God’s love?
God does save; God is glorious, God performs marvelous work; He is great – He deserves to be praised!
To think about all this is to bring a glow to life – it encourages in times of difficulty, and brings a sense of gratitude, which removes pride, in times of gladness.
We are God’s own – His family, his beloved. How wonderful to belong to One who is at once powerful and kind. We long for people to be our allies when they are powerful, but it gives us a sense of ‘rightness’ and joy when they are also kind.
So it is with God as our Father, we have a sense of rightness and joy when we are thinking of Him, communicating with Him, heeding Him and praising Him. What greater gift could we receive than to feel right and feel happy? This is exactly what we all seek, no matter who we are, what our circumstances may be, or what we are doing.
The treasure hunt for a sense of rightness and joy can end in success only when we know God, trust God, heed God, love God – and know that He loves us, encourages us, teaches us, cares for us, and leads us to the treasure. We must move toward it, as we are made aware of its existence and as we perceive clues to its whereabouts. Otherwise we never find it.
When it is found, though, only a song of praise to God can express our joy, and repay Him for His care for us – the sound of our praise is His joy, and is the fulfillment of His will – the provision made to bring to Him a sense of rightness. Mutual love and mutual respect combine to bring glory to God and peace to Man.