Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Psalm 33:1
Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; …. Praise the Lord …. Sing to Him a new song; …. For the word of the Lord is right and true… ~ Psalm 33:1-4 NIV
The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. Psalm 19:8 NIV
I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to believe that it’s a new year. 2017 no less. A blank calendar lies open before us as we wonder what the 365 days ahead might hold for us.
As I started a new prayer list for 2017, I was reminded that a friend is now facing colon cancer and surgery. Another friend is undergoing lung surgery. Another is dealing with caring for elderly, home-bound parents while she herself continues to work full time. Others are moving. Some are retiring. Most watch the evening news, wondering how it is going to affect them.
All the uncertainties of life are upon us … yet we are told in the Psalms to sing a new song JOY-fully. To praise the Lord. Seems rather difficult, doesn’t it? Thankfully we have a Lord who will help us do just that. And it starts (and ends) in His holy Word.
The precepts (laws, commandments, words) of the Lord are right—pure, true, perfect, unchanging. They are the words of a holy, trustworthy, and unchangeable God. His laws are guidelines, lights on our paths rather than chains on our hands and feet. When written on our hearts, God’s Word lays a foundation for lasting joy.
In a world of uncertainty, His Word can be trusted. As we read it, study it, and live it, we find that we can sing with joy no matter our circumstances.