Enter with Singing

Connecting Points

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Today’s Topic: Sing Your Way In

Today’s Text: Isaiah 35:10 They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

What a weekend this is going to be. Yesterday a young couple arrived in Eau Claire for a four day stay to check out God’s leading in their life to move here. We are spending time with them to give them guidance and to support the steps of faith they are taking.

Tonight my daughter and family arrive for the weekend, because there are three birthdays and one anniversary in the family. I don’t know how she does it, but my wife is baking several birthday cakes, because each person wants their own, and then we will host a huge party for nineteen people at our house on Sunday after church.

I have one prayer – that they all enter the house with singing, and that gladness overtakes them.

Times like this can easily get us down. We can become overwhelmed with the details of life to the point of sighing. Imagine how much worse it could get as the Day of the Lord approaches.

But we have this hope based on the promise of God – the ransomed of the Lord will return with singing.

We sing because of the everlasting joy of our salvation.

We are glad because the sufferings of this day are not worthy to be compared with the glory that will be revealed in us when Jesus returns.

We rejoice in the midst of our present sufferings because we know that this too shall pass and there is a day coming when all – not just some, but all suffering and sorrow and sadness and sighing will be gone.

So today I make the choice to let my attitudes be dominated by the promises of God, not the circumstances of the present. Today I will rejoice, and enter the day with singing.

Pastor John

 

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