I mentioned a few days ago how I use dto be weirded out by people raising their hands in church and celebrating Jesus wholeheartedly. It is after I had an encounter with the Lord that I felt extremely comfortable rejoicing in the Lord the way I had seen the “churchy” people do. Celebrating the Lord should be a big part of our being Christians. There is always something to celebrate with the Lord. There is always the Lord to celebrate. Sunday is the designated day to lift up the Lord but like I often say, we shouldn’t wait until Sunday to have church-like moments of celebration. My recommendation is to exalt Jesus every single day. You might be saying, “Well I am going through a lot today and I have nothing to celebrate.” It is in those hard times that we should be celebrating even more. We need to stop the earthquake of problems that is trying to cripple us. When the earth is moving under our feet, we should be stomping our feet in praise. We should be making a joyful noise into the Lord. The enemy hates it with a passion. Let me say that again. The enemy hates it when we celebrate the Lord. He can’t stand the sound of it. He can’t stand the spiritual atmosphere that is created by our praises. He can’t stand hearing the name of Jesus and He can’t stand seeing hope in His name. If you are having a difficult time today, if you are having a great day today, give into to praise. Celebrate the Lord in the bad times and in the good times. Take the time to rejoice over Him. Let your praises be heard right now, today. There is no better day than today to honor the Lord!
I remember a time when I was so deep into my problems that I wasn’t just experiencing an earthquake of problems but it was more like I was sinking in the quicksand of “no way out.” If you have been there you know what I am talking about. Every way you turn all you see is no exit, no hope, no joy, no rest, no love. I didn’t know what to do. When I was reminded about celebrating the Lord no matter what, I didn’t think it was a good idea. Then I gave it a shot because I had nothing to lose. It seemed that I had lost everything. I found everything again once I looked at the Lord and made Him my focus. With Him you will always find what you have lost and more. He adds to everything. He multiplies and He amplifies. I had a Jesus party. He was my guest of honor. He was the One I wanted to commemorate and glorify. It was the best time ever. You don’t have to be in a specific location to have a Jesus celebration. You can lift Him up anywhere and in any situation. Don’t wait until the right moment because the right moment is all the time. The perfect time to rejoice in the Lord is right now. It’s important to stay in the moment and only have eyes on Him and no one else when you have your Jesus party. As you concentrate on Him, He will change you and bless you.
It’s time to rejoice. Stop what you are doing and get into party mode for the Lord. This party is going to break the chains that have been holding you down. There is going to be a change in you that will be noticeable. You can’t celebrate the Lord without “feeling the Lord.” It is going to be like Heaven is coming down and visiting you. You are going to visit Heaven so to speak during your moment of praise. Heaven is always rejoicing and exalting Jesus. Join Heaven with your celebration. Give it all you have. Dance, sing, laugh, and let the Holy Spirit take control. Rejoicing in the Lord is very important because it helps maintain a healthy spirit. It feeds your spirit and it nourishes your soul. It gives you a Jesus boost. It gives you an injection of joy. Think of it as a vaccination against morosity, misery, sadness and fear. It’s time to have a celebration. It’s time to let go of the tears, the fears and the anxiety. Let the Holy Spirit lead the dance. Let the Spirit of the Lord give you the songs to sing, the words to say and the zeal to celebrate. Celebrate the Lord each and every day!
Suggested reading: Psalm 145:6-8; Isaiah 63:7; 1 Peter 1:8-9