Sing For Joy
Do you like to sing? I don’t necessarily mean that you’re ready to audition for American Idol or form your own band, but do you like to sing along with the radio? Do you sing while you work in the garden or garage? Do you sing your favorite songs with girlfriends, or on karaoke night, or during the 7th inning stretch? Do you like to sing when you’re in the shower?
We love to sing for a lot of reasons: The joy it brings, the love of which it reminds, the sorrow and tears it calms, and sometimes the fear it quiets and stills.
At Beautiful Savior Church, we sing. We feel we have the best reason to sing; the reason given in the Bible: “Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.”
The world is constantly changing, making our lives uncertain. Which life experience has brought change and uncertainty to you lately? Culture, the future, security, economy, jobs, politics, your family? Sometimes those changes are more than what is comfortable. No matter the changes around you and no matter the uncertainty of your life, there is one thing that is certain, one thing that will not change, one person you can always depend on: The Rock of your salvation.
Salvation is the word the Bible uses for God’s rescuing us from the consequences of our deviation from God and his will. We don’t give God the respect of which he alone is worthy. We second guess how God deals with us and this world. We don’t show God the love he deserves. On our list of priorities he is second, or third, or four hundred fortieth. Is there really any reason God shouldn’t reject and punish us?
Instead of dishing out what we deserve, God chose to rescue us by sending his Son to suffer our rejection and punishment. Jesus is the Rock of our salvation. God’s decision and resultant action are unmovable and unchangeable history. The Rock of salvation will not shift position or change his mind. Your rescue is rock solid.
So we sing to the Rock of our salvation. We sing for joy because God has forgiven us. We sing songs about his sure promises to chase away our fears and heal our wounded hearts. We sing to express our love to God who will never stop loving us.
Go ahead and sing to the Rock of your salvation. If you would like company singing to the Lord, come and worship with us. We’re not ready to try out for American Idol either, but we like to sing for all the best reasons.
Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. – Psalm 95:1-2