ARE WE JOYFUL?
“But let all those who put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.”
Psalm 5: 11 (King James Version)
What a sad commentary it is on those of us who claim to be Christians that we have no trouble shouting for our favorite sports teams but we are reluctant to shout when it comes to praising Jesus. It’s no wonder at all that our teenagers don’t want anything to do with church or with God. Our teenagers know how we talked and acted before we were saved.
They are waiting to see if we really have changed. If they hear us yelling like we used to or doing things we shouldn’t do, not only will they not believe us, we are putting a stumbling block in their way of accepting Jesus as their personal Saviour. May God have mercy on us if we have put stumbling blocks in front of our children by our words and by our actions.
A friend of mine who is a conservative Christian leader made this remark “Everyone is watching me to see if I make a mistake”. If we have accepted Jesus as our personal Saviour, everyone is watching us to see if there is a difference in our lives. Do your family and friends see the difference in the way you live? Do they hear you shouting for joy as you praise Jesus? Are we joyful because of our precious Saviour?
Heavenly Father, please forgive us because we don’t shout with joy and praise Jesus. Have mercy on us for hurting Your beloved Son. Search our hearts and convict us of the things we are doing or not doing that hurt You. Heavenly Father, please set our hearts on fire for Jesus. May we lift up our voices and shout for joy because of Jesus, the Saviour of the world!
October 6, 2009