“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
burst into jubilant song with music;
5 make music to the Lord with the harp,
with the harp and the sound of singing,
6 with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—
shout for joy before the Lord, the King.
7 Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it.
8 Let the rivers clap their hands,
let the mountains sing together for joy;
9 let them sing before the Lord”
Psalm 98 :4-9
Do you ever just have one of those days that you just cant help but smile and skip along with a little bounce in your step? That is exactly how it has felt lately as it seems the Lord has been deeply rooting joy in my heart by allowing me to appreciate the little things more and more…so much of which He displays in the natural beauty all around us. Lately the Lord has really laid on my heart the beauty of worship and how all creation is designed to praise Him….and how much He loves to bless us in the process through revealing more of His heart. A few moments that come to mind recently include the other day when it was raining (and I have always loved the sound of rain) and I found myself dancing under my umbrella to the mailbox singing along with Gods creation and on another occasion last week I was loving hearing the birds singing in the background while praying on campus. My favorite praise moment however was recently while at Ubuntu Camp this past weekend with our students…..
We had arrived there later in the evening on friday and it was quite the adventure driving back into the camp riding in a bakkie (truck), however some of our students had to walk part of the way into the camp due to one of the bakkies being unable to cross the creek that lay just before the camp site, meaning the students would have to cross the creek by foot in the dark and in jeans….which was more than all of us bargained for. But as we heard the students approaching the camp location, our team was met with a joyful noise of praise as our students were singing together on their journey piercing the darkness with their songs of praise. As their voices filled the camp , it warmed my heart and the Lord brought Psalm 98 (above) to mind, “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song…” …what a beautiful reminder!!
He designed us to lift up joyful praise to Him no matter what the circumstance and has given us glimpses of that throughout all creation…so how is He reminding you of His love and surrounding you with His joyful noise sewn throughout creation? Can you hear the sound? So grateful He desires for us to joyfully walk through life….together as the body of Christ and a little skip in our step is a great addition!
I am so grateful for this little reminder the Lord laid on my heart this past weekend and I hope dear friends that you are experiencing His joy this week too!
And here is a little video of a song that many of the students often sing (it is a video I found on Youtube since I dont have any of our students),and it is called ” Akekho Ofana No Jesu” meaning “There is No One Like Jesus” ….and it is most definitely a fun and very joyful song! Check it out!