Zippity Do Dah!

Posted on January 9, 2019 by America's Keswick in Victory Call

Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! (Psalm 66:1)

Do you remember that song?  It has become rather famous over the years.  The great thing about that song is that it is very hard to sing it with a frown on your face.  It is all about enjoying life and celebrating all those beautiful things in our lives.  In the 80s there was a song called “Celebrate” – not so profound and it only talked about the good times.

Did you know that God asks us to have Zippity Do Dah days every day?  He calls us to celebration and joy.  Not just in the good times, but at all times.  Philippians 4:4: Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, rejoice! Here is my question… Do we really apply that verse or just quote it?  It is one of those easier-said-than-done type of verses.  I know personally it can be a real struggle to call life joyful when it can be rather difficult.  Here is where God comes in to our everyday.  One of the great things about God is that He knows all about our days and how difficult they can be, so He tells us that it is HIS joy that can be our joy when we need it.  The joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10b).

St. Augustine wrote:  A Christian should be an alleluia from head to foot.”

Check out these verses:

Our mouths were filled with laugher, and our tongues with shouts of joy. (Psalm 126:2a NIV)

…continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. (Hebrews 13:15 ESV)

These things I have spoken to you… that your joy may be full. (John 15:11)

 Are you filled with joy?  Do people know that you have the joy of the Lord, or are you so strung out from life’s pressures that you struggle to experience such joy?  In Christ, we have so much to be joyful about in the midst of our daily walk.  Remember that nothing happens today that God is not in control of and that nothing compares with the eternity we will spend with Him if Christ is our Lord and Savior.

Lynne Jahns

This devotional was first published in Real Victory for Real Life Volume 2.

Written by Lynne Jahns. Lynne is currently the Director of Barbara’s Place. The addiction recovery for women at America’s Keswick.

The Daily Bible Reading:  Genesis 23-24; Romans 8:22-39 | You can download our 2018 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here

Daily Quote: “Enjoy the blessings of this day, if God sends them; and the evils of it bear patiently and sweetly: for this day only is ours, we are dead to yesterday, and we are not yet born to the morrow.” – Jeremy Taylor

This Week’s Verse to Memorize: And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.  – Genesis 2:7

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