You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done.Psalm 92:4 (NLT)
There’s an old joke that goes, “If you play a country song backwards, every one becomes sober, the dog comes back to life, the girlfriend comes back, the truck is now in mint condition, and joy rules the land!” If you’ve never listened to country music, then this joke fell flat. I’m sorry for that. If you have, or still do, then you should be rolling on the floor laughing (ROFL, for those who prefer acronyms). Country music folk are notorious for writing about the hardships in life. There are songs about breakups, killer tornadoes, more breakups, trucks dying, more breakups, and all manner of calamity. It’s a very popular genre of music because there are many of us who can relate to the stories that come out in these songs. Many songs out there make it sound like life is kind of depressing.
Often times, in our Christian lives, Satan tries to get us to listen to the words of God backwards (No, I’m not talking about back-masting!). According to Satan, God doesn’t love us, we are all doomed, we will be destroyed, God won’t come back for us, there is no hope of salvation. It all sounds pretty depressing – until we realize that he is a liar.
God’s song sounds more like this: God loves us all unconditionally. Through Him we have this great hope in life. We will not be destroyed, but forgiven. Jesus is coming back for His people (He always keeps His promises). We can rest secure in our salvation through His death and resurrection. Now, that is something worth singing about!
When we have a correct view of life with Jesus, our song should match His song. In fact, as our psalmist states, “I sing for joy because of what you have done.” These are words of joy! We should be singing them every chance we get, not just in church on Sabbath. Our lives should be a song of joy, adoration, and praise to Jesus! And, here’s the fun part, songs are meant to be heard.
Let others hear of the greatness of God through your life. May they hear of the joy in your heart because of Jesus. May our lives be lived as a song that sings the praises of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Sing about Jesus, loud and proud!