The Bible passage for meditation, prayer, and reflection for the week of July 9-15, 2017, is Psalm 81:1-3. This psalm describes a festive atmosphere! Worship does not always have to be solemn and serious - we are encouraged to be joyful and celebrate our Lord and Savior! Celebrate all that He has done!
Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob! Raise a song; sound the tambourine, the sweet lyre with the harp. Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our feast day. (Psalm 81:1-3, ESV)
This description of joy and celebration could be describing a celebration during the Feast of Tabernacles. The Feast of Tabernacles remembers the 40 years that the Israelites spent wandering the desert after the Lord brought them out of Egypt. If you continue reading this psalm, you will read about all the Lord did for the Israelites after bringing them out of Egypt. During this time, the Lord cared for them, providing them with all that they needed. Indeed! The Lord should be celebrated! As you meditate on, pray over, and reflect upon this week’s verse, consider your approach to the Lord. Have you expressed your joy to Him and with Him?