Joyfulness – Part 4: Rejoicing in God’s Plan

Joyfulness | Steven Cuffle | Church at Columbus, TexasIn addition to serving us and having a relationship with us, God also provides for the things we need. He has been working since before the foundation of the world to save people from sin, knowing we were going to need salvation even before we existed. He knew that by giving free will there was the distinct possibility (really a certainty) that we would make bad choices. He chose to redeem us and save us instead of destroying us, and is remaking us into the image of his son, Jesus.

We should be overjoyed that God not only considers us but also lets nothing stop his plan of salvation, and he stops at nothing to bring about the good things he planned for us. The salvation of our souls has been the guiding aim of history since the beginning of time. When people truly understand and believe this, we should overflow with joyfulness not only at the time the plan is fulfilled, but each time it is fulfilled. Like the angels who rejoice in heaven over the single person who comes back to the Lord (Luke 15.10), we too should have our hearts filled with joy every time someone turns away from sin and death and comes back to the Lord and to eternal life.

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Joyfulness – Part 3: Worship

“David also commanded the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brothers as the singers who should play loudly on musical instruments, on harps and lyres and cymbals, to raise sounds of joy.”

– 1 Chronicles 15.16

Joyfulness | Steven Cuffle | Church at Columbus, TexasThe Old Testament also presents worship as way that joy is not only expressed, but a way that joy is achieved or attained. David commanded that singers and musicians should be placed among the people of Israel during their time of worship to “raise sounds of joy”. This, by the way, is the reason that there would be instruments in the tabernacle and the temple, the Lord giving the commandment for such things through David.

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