Joy and Celebration , what are they?
17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Saviour. 19 The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights. For the director of music. On my stringed instruments.
The Greek word for joy is ‘chara’ derived from the word ‘charis’ which is the Greek word for grace. This is important to note because it implies that ‘chara’ (joy) is produced by the ‘charis’ grace of God. This means joy isn’t human based-happiness that comes and goes based on happenings. Rather true joy is divine in origin, a fruit of the spirit(Galatians 5:22) that is manifested particularly in hard times. While happiness is circumstantial joy is a Holy Spirit given expression that flourishes best when times are strenuous, daunting and tough.
To celebrate means to praise, to commend, to extol and make famous, to honour. The bible instructs us to praise the Lord at all times both for who he is and what he has done. The bible recommends that we commend ourselves for who we are in Christ and honour one another. People celebrate special days and occasion, they celebrate other people, and they celebrate season and festival. But no one celebrate bad times because such period are difficult. But the bible instructs us to praise the Lord at all times. This presents a challenge because if you celebrate in bad times the people around you think you are mentally sick. They wonder what is there to celebrate about hard times. Some may even feel you being unrealistic and in self denial. However in Psalm 34:1 and Psalm 67:5-6 the bible instructs us that by celebrating God for who he is in difficult time turns our situation around for good. I agree we should not praise God for bad time because he did not bring difficult times to us so it would be an insult to praise God for what he has not done because God is not behind any evil. However we can celebrate and praise God in difficult time but for difficult times, because we know He will see us through and he will help us to be victorious. Every day we are either celebrating victory or defeat. You know that you are celebrating by listening to the words that are coming out your mouth. My question to you is what you are making famous, what do talk about most, the problem you are facing or the victory that you believe and received in Christ.
Questions for you to reflect on
How Joyful are you?
What or who is the source of your joy?
Philippians 4:4, Psalm 34:1, Psalm 67:5-6
I will allow the joy of the Lord to have full expression in my life and I will not be discouraged.