Shouts of Joy!
“Sing for joy to the Lord, all the earth; praise him with songs and shouts of joy!” (Psalm 98:4 GNT)
Some folks cheer at sports games, but find it so hard to praise the Lord. Yet isn’t he worthy of all of our praise? After all, he is the Creator of the universe, the King of kings and the Lord of lords! More than that, he is our loving Father, who sent his only Son to die for our sins so that we might be clean and have restored relationship with him. After all that he has done, are we going to hold back our praise? Decidedly not! But God doesn’t want cheap lip service. In fact, he says of his backslidden people in the Bible, “These people claim to worship me, but their words are meaningless, and their hearts are somewhere else” (Isaiah 29:13). Let’s praise him today with sincere hearts, and with shouts of joy!
Read Psalm 98 in its entirety.