Our church choir sang this arrangement of Psalm 126 last Sunday. We sang it last fall, too, but I was out sick that day, so I was superglad to have another chance. It’s become an instant favorite with the choir, and our director has promised to reprise it regularly in future.
“What are the distinguishing marks of joy? Is it an emotional high or something we can produce on demand? No. Joy is something that the Spirit gives, and therefore the flesh cannot manipulate or imitate it. Joy is an intense, deep, and abiding satisfaction in the sovereignty and goodness of God. Joy is praise.”
Nancy Wilson, “Joy Overflowing”
(I have had the bolded sentence taped to my monitor since Nancy first posted this…going on six years. Think maybe in another six or so it’ll start to sink in?)
“Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy, That we may rejoice and be glad all our days!” Psalm 90:14
“This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24
“But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; For behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing, And her people a joy.” Isaiah 65:18
“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” Philippians 4:4
“Rejoice always….” 1 Thessalonians 5:16
“To mark new beginnings is natural, and whether we are doing it with the church calendar or with the civic calendar, we want all our strivings and resolvings to be gospel-driven, not guilt-driven. We need new life far more than a new leaf, and so we cry out to God. Let every transformation in our personal lives over this next year be the result of sheer grace, utter gift, inexorable life, and God’s overflowing kindness. Our prayer to God is that He would tell us to rise up and walk—and that we would throw away the crutches of duty, and run after Him on the legs of joy.”
Doug Wilson, “Bruise in Us the Serpent’s Head”, December 24, 2012 (Emphases added.)
I’m creating this post on December 30 and thinking that maybe a good 2013 resolution would be to blog something
every day a few times a week (let’s not get too carried away) on the subject of joy. Hmmm…we’ll see if I can keep that up. Heaven knows it’d be good for my Eeyore soul!