Reflecting I think my family has not been celebratory people. Each day was in good part esteemed as any other day. Of course, Christmas Day there was a gathering for special foods and gift giving; Thanksgiving – turkey and dressing, green beans, cranberry sauce, for starters and perhaps a ham too; Easter – chicken and dressing and again perhaps a ham; birthdays would come and go with hardly a notice; Sunday was Sunday School, preaching, lunch, a nap or a ride in the truck, back to church for Training Union, preaching, home for roast beef sandwiches with mustard and Bonanza. (Word on Google is that Bonanza aired for the first two years on Saturday night then moved to Sunday nights.) Such ramblings this morning to get to my point.
I don’t recall us being a celebratory people as to certain days being high occasions. I’m not so sure that was good but I’ll not proceed too far down that road with you today. What is done is done. What is to come can be anything we enlist ABBA’s help to make it. The fact is ABBA is celebratory. Want proof? How many Feasts – Festivals a year did He give to His people as HIS FEASTS? Seven. That’s a lot of celebrating. And there are reasons. One: family. Celebrating with family is designed to promote love and harmony. The trouble is celebrating without GOD often brings disharmony and even hatefulness in families. That is not ABBA’s will. Celebrating according to His Feasts fixes our hearts on His Messiah to the world – we call Him JESUS. Some call Him YESHUA.
Feasts of Trumpets
Day of Atonement
Feasts of Tabernacles
But celebrating is not limited only to His Feasts. Look at a portion of Psalm 47 with me. I read every day celebrating! Do you?
(1) Clap your hands, all you peoples!
Shout to God with cries of joy!
3 (2) For Adonai ‘Elyon is awesome,
a great king over all the earth.
And further into the Psalm we read:
(6) Sing praises to God, sing praises!
Sing praises to our king, sing praises!
8 (7) For God is king of all the earth;
sing praises in a maskil.
For GOD is king of all the earth! Amen and amen. I can celebrate that! Not only can I celebrate, I can rest, be glad and KNOW I am secure since HE is KING!
Let the celebrating begin!!
Thank You ABBA. Teach me to be celebratory. Teach me to lead others to be celebratory. To celebrate You and what You have done for us and who You are making us to be in CHRIST JESUS. Thank You. I am remembering people in my heart today with doctor visits and petitions that You heal them of cancer; another grieving the loss of a beloved husband – she misses him so much; a parent with an estranged child – the hurt is so deep, we pray for reconciliation; and there are many more and Readers who come here, come with petitions of their own and so we collectively and individually bring our requests with our praise and we thank You in advance for Your Perfect answers in perfect time. Amen and amen.