Sing for joy to God our strength;
shout aloud to the God of Jacob!
2 Begin the music, strike the timbrel,
play the melodious harp and lyre.
3 Sound the ram’s horn at the New Moon,
and when the moon is full, on the day of our festival;
4 this is a decree for Israel,
an ordinance of the God of Jacob.
5 When God went out against Egypt,
he established it as a statute for Joseph.
Today as we move to the spiritual realm in regards to our hunger, thirst, and taste, I pray that Psalm 81 will stir our taste buds to hunger and thirst for the joy of the Lord as he calls for the children of God to “sing for joy to God our strength.”
Now, not all of us can sing with the voice of Donnie McClurkin, Tasha Cobb or Chris Tomlin but we can all sing for the joy because we know that the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). We can all make an joyful noise as we praise the God who keeps us. It’s the love of Jesus who lives in you. We sing with the voice of triumph because deep within us is joy that the world didn’t give and the world can’t take away. In spite of our many circumstances, we know our God to be the Sovereign, in control, and we have no doubt that our God works all things for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
When we rest in the Lord, even when weak, we are strong and because the power of God rests in us and upon us to make us strong. His grace is sufficient for our every need (2 Corinthians 12:8-9).
For some, it may seem as though there are trials dark on every hand and you feel shackled with a load of care and you really don’t remember the last time you really smiled. You have kept up a good front but deep down you are hurting and you have a taste for joy, for release, to truly smile deep down in your soul. The Lord speaks today with your answer. He says sing for joy to God, our strength. Look past your circumstances and turn your eyes on Jesus and sing to Him. Sing of His love, sing of His character, sing of His grace, sing of His mercy, sing of His power, His righteousness, His faithfulness – Sing not just about Him but sing to Him…and the Spirit of God living in you will strength you with Jesus joy!
Just don’t just sing but this verse encourages us to shout aloud to the God of Jacob – Hallelujah! The God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob and your God too. He was a promise keeper then and He’s a promise keeper now! He hasn’t failed in one word of one promise He has given. We can sing and shout aloud because the God who protected, sustained, and delivered the Israelites is still in the business of protection, still sustains, still provides, He still delivers today! He is worthy of all praise honor and glory! When we are faithful to praise Him, we find that the joy He implanted in us when we accepted Him has Lord and Savior will rise up in us and nothing will be able to contain it. You’ll be able to sing – I’ve got this joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart, down in my heart. Storm clouds on the rise, trouble in my way, tears streaming down my face but I still have joy and refuse to lose my praise!
Father, help us to always keep our spiritual taste buds salivating for the joy You died to give us!
Sing for joy to God our strength! My praise is still here!