O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. ~ Psalm 95:1
My daughter texted me a link to this song, I Hope You Dance. After listing to it, I felt joy in aging gracefully and enjoying life. I texted her back and told her that the song was simply beautiful—And how amazingly happy Gladys Knight looked on the cover—her joyous radiance was evident. I was reminded of the Apostle Paul in Philippians 4:11, Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.
In Nehemiah, Ezra the scribe read God’s law to the people. They stood, listening in reverence for hours and as they comprehend the words, they began to weep. But Ezra told them, Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8:9-10).
Sometimes due to our own sins or difficult circumstances for which we have no control—we wonder—where our strength to overcome will come from. We must remember in our desperation that the joy of the Lord is our strength. Nothing is too hard for God (Genesis 18:14; Jeremiah 32:17; Matthew 19:26). He can deliver us from our faults and the challenges of daily life (Psalm 32:7; 1 John 4:4; 2 Corinthians 10:3-4). Let us be like David (2 Samuel 6:14-16) in praise and dance before the Lord, regardless of whose eyes are upon us.
It is profound to know that God’s joy centers around us. Hebrews 12:2 asserts that Jesus endured the cross for the joy set before Him—a relationship with us. Zephaniah 3:17 affirms that God rejoices over us with singing! For we cannot conjure up this precious endless joy within ourselves or by our own might.
However, as Christians, we have access to God’s unlimited joy—a joy which is not based on our circumstances or our determination. This kind of joy does not depend on how strong or spiritual we think we are. This kind of joy only comes from God’s grace. . . and the fellowship. . . we have with Him.
So, no matter what your age. . . on this day. . . I pray that you are aging gracefully and enjoying life in the joy of the Lord!
God bless. . . I am Wiley’s granddaughter.