“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music” ~ Psalm 98:4
While I was at the school today for our all-day rehearsal of “The Crucible” I happened by the preschool class as they were on their way outside for morning recess. If you remember being four (or for many of us, five, six, seven or eight), recess was quite possibly the best part of the day. Freedom to run and play, jump and screech to our heart’s content. While I was walking by, the teacher was quietly instructing her class, “Please, no screaming until we reach the playground.” It’s amusing to think of such directives being necessary in a grown up world, but often recess means running, screaming with enthusiasm to the playground equipment deemed most fun.
It’s funny how behavior like screaming for joy eventually fades into disuse in our lives. There are very few places I find myself running and screaming toward something. But the Bible talks about how we should shout for joy and burst into song to express the joy of the Lord. When was the last time you were so excited about God you let yourself shout and sing, for the pure joy of it?
I can’t say that I remember the last time I have done these things, but I long to keep this verse close to my heart, so when the joy of the Lord springs forth, I am not afraid to express it.