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sing for joy

By Jane Sastra
April 24, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HEREto read today’s passages.
Judges 2:10-3:31
Luke 22:14-34
Psalm 92:1-93:5
Proverbs 14:1-2

It’s easy to compare ourselves with the Israelites of old. After all, we’re not doing so bad, right? How can the Israelites so easily forget what God has done for them? Judges 2:10 says “after that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel”. As quickly as God saved them from their oppressor, they forget and return to ways even more corrupt. 

Fast forward thousands of years and we find ourselves in the same predicament. Living in a very affluent Bay Area, we can be easily distracted by the many shiny things afforded to us and forget the most important thing in life. We forget that God has already conferred on us His kingdom (Luke 22:29), and instead pursue worldly wealth and status. We forget that God valued us so much that He sacrificed His only son on the cross for us, and instead look for value in our achievements. We forget that we have been accepted and belong to God’s family, and instead look for approval from others. As we go about doing life, we forget God’s unconditional love and look for cheap substitutes in all the wrong places. 

The Psalmist tells us one way to remember God is by: “proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night” (Psalm 92:2). During shelter-in-place, we have this unique opportunity to choose how we want to spend our time. I pray that you will sing for joy at what His hands have done throughout your day. Instead of prioritizing our busy schedule, let’s prioritize and put Jesus first. I know that some days will not be easy. But take heart, He has overcome this world! Remember that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Phil 1:6). 

Brothers and sisters in Christ, keep on praying, keep on being in His word, keep on singing worship songs, and keep ‘fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith’ (Hebrews 12:2a). 

Love in Christ,

Rudy & Jane Sastra

To memorize:
For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord
I sing for joy at what your hands have done.
— Psalm 92:4