A couple years ago I watched as one of the Cardinals caught a pass in the end zone and fumbled the ball before wrapping his fingers around it and making the touchdown. As soon as it was done he celebrated, and so did his teammates. There was much back slapping, and helmet pounding going on even as they moved into position for their next play.
Not only did the players celebrate, but all the Cardinal fans did too. Have you watched as those people celebrate? They don't just sit there and sedately clap their hands and offer a calm "bravo!". Oh no! They're jumping, hootin' an hollerin', pounding each other on the back and hugging everyone around them.
Now tell me something.
Why don't we celebrate, with even one-tenth the enthusiasm, when we see God do something that is 100 times greater than just a lousy touchdown in a football game?
Do we ever get so excited about something God has done that we celebrate by jumping up and down and hugging everyone we can get our arms on?
Ouch. I don't.
Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you're on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute! ~Philippians 4:4-5 (The Message)
Sure there are times when I stop and say 'Wow, God, that was so awesome!' but do I revel in how awesome He is? Do I even dwell on His awesome deeds for more than a few minutes? This is something I need to work on.
The Lord your God is in your midst,
a victorious warrior.
He will exult over you with joy,
He will be quiet in His love,
He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.
~Zephaniah 3:17 (NAS)
Did you catch that? God exults over us with joy! He rejoices over us with shouts of joy! We're followers of Christ and we're to be imitators of Him (Ephesians 5:1) and since He rejoices in us, how more then should we celebrate who He is and all He's done for us? Jesus told us in Luke 19:40 that if we become silent the stones will cry out. I don't know about you, but I'd rather stand up and cheer for God than give that privilege and joy to the stones.
If we can get so excited over a football game that has no eternal value, just think of how excited we should be over the things God does. Things that only He can do! Let's raise the rafters with our praise and let all those around us know just how great our God is!Shout joyfully to God, all the earth;sing the glory of His name;Make His praise glorious.Say to God, “How awesome are Thy works!”~Psalm 66:1 (NAS)
Shout for joy, O daughter of Zion!
Shout in triumph, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
O daughter of Jerusalem!
~Zephaniah 3:14 (NAS)