Luke 15; Genesis 27:1-45; Psalm 20
I don’t do a lot of celebrating. If I were a football player, I wouldn’t have a special celebration for a touchdown; I’d hand the ball to the ref and say something like “See you later.” Because I take the events of life in a matter of fact way, though, I miss out on celebrating what God has done. “Let God grant what is in your heart and fulfill all your plans. Then we will rejoice that you’ve been helped. We will fly our flags in the name of our God. Let the LORD fulfill all your requests!” (Psalm 20:4-5) David sets a standard here; we are to celebrate God’s help. We are to rejoice when our prayers are answered. Too often it seems like we can raise the roof when our team scores in a big game but we are afraid to rejoice when God works in our lives. We should be rejoicing with passion as God answers our prayers and helps us. Instead, so often when we report prayers are answered we respond with a smile and a simple “Amen.” Which is the greater miracle: that our team scores or that God hears and answers us? I wonder what would happen if the next time someone talked about an answered prayer instead of smiling and simply saying, “Amen,” that we started screaming and shouting praise like we do at athletic events. Rejoice and wave the flags! God is working in our lives!
Lord, give me the passion to celebrate how You are working in my life. Help me not to be self-conscious; let me always be God-conscious.