How do we celebrate?

Today we delve into 2 Sam 6 and 2 Cor 1:1-11.

It is fitting as we approach this final weekend of our Time To Celebrate series to examine David’s example of celebration. We see many emotions in this passage of Samuel – merriment before the Lord with songs (where are our lyres and castanets in our modern worship??), anger towards the Lord for the death of Uzzah as he was struck down for touching the ark, fear of the Lord, rejoicing in the Lord with shouting, dancing and the sound of the horn (possibly a nice tenor sax solo). David danced and leapt in an unabashed manner which Michal (the daughter of Saul) took issue with. David was so confident in his relationship with God and his desire to wholly worship him through his actions that he will celebrate before the Lord regardless of how undignified it is.

We may feel a whole array of emotions in our daily walk with God and around the circumstances we find ourselves in.  We may feel a whole array of emotions regarding the final stage of the building loan. It’s great we can celebrate the loan being finalised but how will we continue to celebrate the Lord? David demonstrates that it’s okay to be emotional in our day to day and even with God himself. But the key is to  continue to come back to a point of worship and celebrating who God is and what he has done.

This is beautifully paralleled with the beginning of 2 Corinthians where we are reminded that God is the Father of mercies and God of all comfort. Our hope is built around an unshakable truth that through sufferings there is comfort. There can be a reliance on God through all circumstance and setting our hope on him for deliverance. He is truly a God of all comfort and, with an eternal perspective, affliction has its purpose.

I desire to celebrate the Lord our God despite circumstance. I reflect on the last few days…. I may be stuck in Albion Park on a Sunday and not being able to get to church because of flood waters…. I will celebrate the Lord. I may be woken up at 4am by both my daughters (and not going back to sleep) on a day of leave that I took with the intention of celebrating my wife’s birthday which caused us both to stumble through the day… I will celebrate the Lord. I will draw comfort through this because our Lord is the God of all comfort and the Father of mercies. Praise the Lord!


3 thoughts on “How do we celebrate?

  1. Thanks Greg.
    Praising God is really powerful. Sometimes it is really hard when things aren’t going right. When things are black and you can’t see any way out praise God and thank Him for all He has done for you.

    Psalm 150 tells us how to praise God.
    This version is from “The Message”

    Praise God in His holy house of worship,
    praise Him under the open skies.
    Praise Him for his acts of power,
    praise Him for his magnificent greatness.
    Praise with a blast on the trumpet,
    praise by strumming soft strings,
    Praise Him with his castanets and dance,
    praise Him with banjo and flute.
    Praise Him with cymbals and a big base drum,
    praise Him with fiddles and a mandolin.
    Let every living, breathing creature praise God.

    Lindy Pegler

  2. Thanks Greg. We discussed last night at LG having the “joy” of the Lord and its difference to “happiness”, that deep inner sense of the magnitude of who He is and how we relate to this all powerful, all knowing God who is with us in every life event. What more do we need?

  3. Thx Greg. I like your counterpoints of the realities of life (with rain and small children!) and praising our God. As you say, it’s sometimes hard to hold the two things at the same time…..but we are encouraged to do so in scripture.

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