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Why Only Jubilant When The Going Is Good?
Should we only celebrate when we FEEL like it, or is celebration not dependent on emotion?
There is a constant battle which seems to go on in the hearts and minds of Christians and that is one of how to ‘praise Him in the storm’.
How often do we read, or are we told that we should praise God even in the hardest of times? …. and how many times do we actually do it?
There are definitely times when we feel a sense of jubilation and we want to jump up and down and praise God for whatever it is we’re feeling right at that moment. Then, though, there are those other moments when we’re feeling the weight of the world on our shoulders and even though we know there is plenty to praise God for, we find it impossible because we don’t FEEL jubilant.
The events of recent weeks have brought home to me the fact that we are really just making excuses for ourselves and, in reality, we all find it all too easy to celebrate even in spite of the circumstances.
Most of you will know that recently the Queen of England celebrated the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne.
All of the UK celebrated with her and there were street parties and events up and down the country – and, in fact, all over the world.
So I’m wondering… did the Queen somehow fly over the country with a magic wand and instantly alleviate all the pain and hardship of the people?
Or did we celebrate DESPITE our problems?
Seriously, sixty years ago some woman was crowned queen and so we managed to find it in ourselves to jubilantly celebrate the fact that she has spent sixty years being waited on hand-and-foot and bowed and scraped to by the best of them?
The reasons why we celebrate such an event are many and varied and I don’t have the space or desire to go into them here but the point is this:
We found a reason to celebrate and so, despite the economy, despite our sicknesses and disease, despite our family problems and failing relationships, despite everything that is happening in our lives, we could look up and celebrate together something that was somehow greater than all of our troubles.
So if we could do it for the queen, why do we find it so hard to do for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, our creator and savior and redeemer?
I really wonder…..