Day Two: We Laughed, We Sang

Psalm 126:1-3 (Message)

It seemed like a dream, too good to be true,
  when God returned Zion’s exiles.
We laughed, we sang,
  we couldn’t believe our good fortune.
We were the talk of the nations –
  “God was wonderful to them!”
God was wonderful to us;
  we are one happy people.

“We laughed, we sang, we couldn’t believe our good fortune.” The word ‘fortune’ here is about God’s favor, his restoration and transformation. “That is the authentic Christian note, a sign of those who are on the way of salvation…Joy is not a requirement of Christian discipleship, it is a consequence. It is not what we have to acquire in order to experience life in Christ; it is what comes to us when we are walking in the way of faith and obedience. We come to God (and to the revelation of God’s ways) because none of us have it within ourselves, except momentarily, to be joyous. Joy is a product of abundance; it is the overflow of vitality…It is exuberance.” [E. Peterson]

How do faith and obedience relate to joy in our daily lives?

Ephesians 1:3 (NIRV) – “Give praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing. Those blessings come from the heavenly world. They belong to us because we belong to Christ.”

What are the spiritual blessings we have received? How does this spiritual ‘exuberance’ change the way we live and interact with one another?

Let’s take some time to give thanks to the Lord for his blessings. Let’s pray for joyful obedience in our lives and deeper faith that is expressed in love.

– TR