What fills your heart with joy? Is it your family or friends? Maybe it’s your hobbies? Whatever it is it fills our heart and puts a song on our lips. Do you know that we fill our heavenly Father’s heart with joy? We make him sing for joy. The mountains break forth into singing because his people have been comforted. He finds great joy in his children.
“Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on his afflicted.”
Focus on Worship
Sometimes it’s all about what we focus on. Notice what Isaiah says here: “Sing for joy… break forth, O mountains, into singing!” It’s easy to get so consumed with the pain and sorrow in our lives and lose sight of the Mighty God we serve. The Lord comforts His people and has compassion on those who are afflicted. We need to focus on worshipping Him. Take your needs to Him, cry out in pain at your affliction, but give it to Him and then turn your focus on what is essential, our worship.
It’s Not Over
Maybe you think there is not much you have to be joyful over. Perhaps your life is consumed with dealing with the consequences of bad decisions. While that may be true, we also need to realize that if we are a child of God, there is much to be joyful over. 1 Corinthians 6:11 says “But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” Read that verse again. We have been washed, which means that eternal debt of sin has been lifted and we are clean.
We can be joyful over the fact that we are new creations in Jesus Christ. Not only that but we are being sanctified. Philippians 1:6 says “He who began a good work in you will complete it to the end of days.” That means that God continues to work in you to transform you into the image of Christ. Finally, we can rejoice over the fact that we have been justified. Christ’s death on the cross made it “just if I never sinned.” Our past isn’t hung over our head; it is entirely forgotten by God. We can sing for joy because of these three things.