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Celebration (Part 1)
• READ: 2 SAMUEL 6:12-23
Did you know God commands His people to party? Skim through Leviticus 23 to see how many times God orders His people to celebrate. In fact, Jesus’ first miracle took place at a wedding celebration (John 2:1-12). And, as you can see in today’s Bible passage, sometimes holy celebration can look pretty wild.
Celebration is vital to the Christian life. When we celebrate a birthday, anniversary, graduation, or just a long weekend, it’s a reminder to look backward at all the good things God has done for us. Many of the festivals in the Bible commemorated times God saved His people, so festivals acted as regular reminders of God’s faithfulness.
Celebration also looks around at the good things He is doing in this moment. When we celebrate, we pause from normal life to acknowledge something great that God is doing. Then, we look forward to the good things He will do in the future, including the ultimate celebration we will have with Jesus at the Wedding Supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:6-9).
We also celebrate because we follow a God who celebrates. Zephaniah 3:17 says God rejoices and even sings over His people. Heaven echoes with the songs of God, and we can take every opportunity to sing along.
As Christians, we even regularly celebrate what Jesus has done for us by taking communion at church (1 Corinthians 11:23-26). We celebrate because we have a truth worth celebrating: in Christ, we get to live in relationship with the God of the universe because of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
That is why King David danced in the street until his clothes fell off: because the Ark of the Covenant, the very presence of God Himself, was with him. David realized this incredible truth deserved as much celebration as he could muster. He couldn’t hold it in; celebration bubbled up from within him when he was in God’s presence.
Jesus’ love is wild. Let us celebrate just as wildly.
• Celebration is an act of faith that acknowledges life doesn’t depend on us. Look at Leviticus 23 again. How many times does God tell His people not to work? By resting, the Israelites remembered that they depended on God to provide for them. What are some ways you can practice rest in your life?
• What is your favorite celebration?
• How does celebration help you draw closer to God?
In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God
over one sinner who repents. Luke 15:10 (NIV)
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Lament (Part 2)
• READ: PSALM 13; LUKE 22:41-44
Have you ever read a psalm and thought, Wow, that person was really mad at God. Are you even allowed to say that to Him? The short answer: yes, and it’s called lament.
In fact, about a third of the psalms in the Bible are lament psalms or complaint psalms. A lament is when you bring your honest, unfiltered frustrations, angers, griefs, and disappointments to God in prayer. It says, “God, I’m not okay. This stinks. I hate it. I feel like You’ve forgotten me. Why did You let this happen?!”
That doesn’t sound encouraging, does it? But lament is so important that, throughout the Bible, the prophets, the leaders of Israel, and even Jesus Himself lamented. So if lament is so normal in the Bible, why don’t we see it as much now?
As Christians, we avoid lament for two reasons.
First, we sometimes falsely think lament comes from a lack of faith. But lament is as much an act of faith as gratitude is. It shows that (1) we trust God with our deepest, most uncomfortable feelings and (2) we trust Him to do something about those hurts—now or when He returns (Revelation 21:1-5). Therefore, lament is a faithful response to the pain and brokenness sin causes in the world. The lament psalms of the Bible show us what this looks like. Almost all of these psalms end by praising God for how good and faithful He is—but not before the psalmists have expressed their hurts to God.
Second, we avoid lament because, when something bad happens, we want to skip all of the terrible feelings and rush to the healing. My friends, that isn’t healthy. True healing happens only by walking through the pain and hurt, relying on Jesus as He walks through it with you.
Jesus loves us unconditionally. He lived, died, and rose again here on earth— He knows our pain. He even laments on our behalf (Hebrews 7:25). Therefore, we can bring our pain to Him because of what He has done, is doing, and will do for us (Hebrews 4:14-16).
Lay your laments at His feet, as loudly as you need to. God is big. He can handle it. You can know, by the power of Jesus’ death and resurrection, suffering’s days are numbered (2 Peter 3:1-13).
• What pains in your life do you need to lament right now? You can lament something in your past
or present, something happening to a loved one, or a general evil in the world (human trafficking, poverty, racism, etc.). Bring these hurts to God. If you’re not sure where to start, use a lament psalm as a blueprint for your prayer. Try Psalm 44, 55, 77, 79, 90, or 142.
• Do you have a tendency to rush through processing your pain with God? Why is that? Who is a trusted Christian in your life you can talk to about it?
Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 (CSB)