“They celebrate your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness.”
This past weekend, I went to a birthday party for two of my precious little granddaughters. It was a sweet time of all things pink and purple! Ah, it was a magical celebration. Cake, candy… all the things.
Honestly, I love a good celebration – don’t you?
The Psalmist David understood the power of a good celebration. He wrote in Psalm 145:7, “They celebrate your abundant goodness.” As I was studying the word “celebrate,” I discovered that it carries the idea of “boiling or bubbling up in praise like a fountain.” I love that! In other words, in our remembering of God’s goodness, joy and gladness are to bubble up inside us and play out in a grand celebration.
Often we get busy and stressed over so many things that we push celebrating to the back burner, believing the myth that we can’t take time to celebrate. But that’s a mistake because celebrating is good for us!
We are on the cusp of the holiday season; Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. How will you celebrate God’s abundant goodness during the holidays? What traditions will you cultivate with your family? How will you rejoice and delight in who God is over the next few weeks?
Celebrating helps us remember God’s goodness and faithfulness. It’s easy in the stress and demands of life to forget how good God has been. Throughout the Bible, God commands and invites His people to remember and celebrate His goodness.
Celebrating lifts our spirits and brings joy. Life can feel heavy. The media bombards our thinking with negativity. Moving from task to task and deadline to deadline is draining. Celebrating fills us up emotionally and helps us return to joy. As we gather with friends and family and reflect on how good God has been, our heaviness is replaced with lightheartedness.
Celebrating builds stronger relationships. Family and friends who celebrate together stay closer and more connected through life. Steve and I love getting together with our kids and grandkids and reflecting back on Christmas’ past. Laughing together and joking together builds stronger ties between us as a family. Bonding happens when we celebrate God’s goodness together. Traditions and memories build your family’s history.
So Friend, go ahead and throw a party! Invite friends and family to gather and celebrate with you. I’m guessing you’ll be filled with greater joy this holiday season.
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