The Week of Joy
At the birth of your Son, you whisper to our hearts, Father, as you fill us with the joy of our salvation. We thank you. Amen
Weekly Advent Prayers by Betty Claire Jackson
By Patty Villarreal
“Tell everyone on this earth to sing happy songs in praise of the Lord.” V. 4
This week’s emphasis is on Joy. From cradle to grave, music is an integral part of our human nature. An infant coos to music, a toddler begins body movement from head to toe to match joyful tunes. Teens and adults automatically hum and bob their heads in timing to songs that may even be heard in an elevator! Even when unconscious, people in a coma or as they lay dying — medical and grief experts encourage that music is played or sung to them. My mom, as she lay dying from Alzheimers, visibly reacted when we played southern gospel at her bedside, a staple music in our house since early pastorate days. Rhythm and music is a part of our very being from beginning to end. God wired us that way!
Verse 6 says “Sound the trumpets and horns and celebrate with joyful songs for our Lord and King!” God directed the writer, David, to write what comes natural for David, music and his love for God. For those who love Christ, this is natural for us. Wired biologically to love music. Wired spiritually to hunger for God and REJOICE in Him! As His children, what brings Him joy brings us Joy! This season we celebrate the greatest Joy to and from God, the birth of His Son on this earth. He wanted us to experience true Joy by knowing His Son so that we know God’s Unconditional Love. Be Joyful in that knowledge! Share the good news. Jesus is the Reason for the Season!! Sing happy songs in praise!