Happy with Joy

As I drove to work this morning, WPER played a tape of a little girl telling her parents that Jesus had healed her and she was “Happy with joy.” She repeated several times, “I’m happy with joy; I’m happy with joy.”

It brought me great joy to see this little girl’s thankfulness and passionate praise of God for healing something that was hurting in her mouth.  She prayed and God healed her. She was ecstatic. And there was no doubt that it was God who healed her.

God blesses us in many ways each day.  Yet, we are often too distracted to recognize and acknowledge His blessings in our life.  And, even when we do, we rarely give Him praise with the enthusiasm of this little girl.

King David was a man who knew how to praise the Lord. When I think of exuberant praise, I picture David dancing and praising God as the Ark of the Covenant was returned to Jerusalem.  2 Samuel 6:14 tells us that “David danced before the Lord with all his might.”

Psalm 150 paints a beautiful picture of the ways in which the Lord desires us to praise Him.

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty firmament!

Praise Him for His mighty acts;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!

Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;
Praise Him with the lute and harp!

Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!

Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with clashing cymbals!

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord!

 

I encourage you to pause for a few moments each day to reflect on the blessings God has bestowed on your and your family.  Thank Him with your whole heart for all He has done.  And I believe that you, too, with be “Happy with joy.”

Author: Susan Elizabeth Ball

Author of the Christian fiction series Restored Hearts. Book 1, Restorations, was published in October 2010 and Book 2, Reconciliations, in October 2011.

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