Soul Talk

Sing for Joy

Day 116: It’s OK to be exuberant

Finally, the broken walls have been reconstructed and celebrations were held in Jerusalem to mark the revival of the city and to dedicate the newly built wall. Not to forget that it is not all about the newly-built wall itself, but also the renewing of faith and the reconstruction of the lives in the people. This is all part of God’s grand plan. It’s a great day to rejoice in the Lord!

But for some, devotion cannot be placed side by side with exuberance. They felt uncomfortable with the idea of singing and dancing merrily in the presence of the Lord. To them, devotion has to be carried out on a more serious or solemn tone. However, in Psalms 98, it read:

“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth,
burst into jubilant song with music;
make music to the LORD with the harp,
with the harp and the sound of singing,
with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—
shout for joy before the LORD, the King.

Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it.
Let the rivers clap their hands,
let the mountains sing together for joy;
let them sing before the LORD,
for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
and the peoples with equity.”

True enough, it seems OK to exuberant but does that mean we could drink liquor to our heart’s content, party like a wild animal and create a din? When we are overwhelmed with love and joy from the Lord, I guess it’s alright to express ourselves by lifting up our hands to the hand and shout “Hallelujah!” But we should express our enthusiasm in a self-controlled manner that is not intrusive. After all, you wouldn’t want me to go about shouting “Hallelujah!” into everyone’s ears in church,right? I would not want to be seen as a lunatic. 
Jokes aside, I believe that we can all express our joy in the name of the Lord because we are blessed with the gift to sing praises to God and hands to lift up to the Lord. Amen.

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