All of the thriving people of the earth will join the celebration and worship…NET Psalm 22:29
Tis the season! Just 24 days until Christmas is here. How will you spend this time?
For many people, it is a time of joyous celebration. Friends will gather and lift their cups to toast to the upcoming holidays. Houses will be decorated, presents will be purchased, and, as December 24th approaches, the pews at church will begin to fill.
Have any of you noticed that? While I confess that I do not attend church EVERY weekend, I do attend regularly. When the holidays approach, I notice that there are more and more people who attend each worship session. I welcome those people, as we all should. But I miss them after the New Year begins. Ironically, the same thing happens at Easter.
If you read Psalm 22, it starts off with ” My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” Have you ever thought those words? Have you ever felt so distraught that you cried out to God, wondering why something horrible happened? Or, even worse, why something wonderful didn’t happen?
I discussed this during my November 11th morning coffee video on Facebook. However, it is good to revisit this topic. You see, all of us are human and, as such, are not perfect. Sin is part of our nature, unfortunately. Sometimes we forget that we don’t always get what we want or even what we need. But God does not forsake us. He has a higher plan for each and every one of us (Jer 29:11). Through the good and the bad, we must remember to continue our worship and praise for God. Even though Psalm 22 starts off questioning why God has abandoned him, he does not forget that God is good and worthy of worship: ” I will tell of Your name to my brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.” (Psl. 22:22).
During this holiday season, we will praise God and thank him for the gift of his son. But the celebration is not just during December. It must be all year long. While most of us know this, we need to live this. And if we DO live this, perhaps we need to remind others. This year, give the gift of faith to those who need it. Welcome them to worship and, when you stop seeing them attend, reach out to them to invite them back into the fold. For without continuous celebration, they will not thrive and be prosperous in the soul.