Our text for today is from Psalm 100:2. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
After the holidays many are in debt, disappointed, and exhausted from the hustle and bustle that the holiday season brings. Instead of joy they get sad, instead of giving of what they have they give what they don’t have and can’t afford, sending them even further in debt. Instead of happiness they are miserable. And instead serving the Lord this season they have served just for the holiday itself which doesn’t bring peace nor contentment so naturally and it’s no wonder that there are more depressed and sick individuals, even more suicides during the holiday season or shortly thereafter, than at any other time of the year. Why? They are serving vain things instead of Jesus Christ.
There is no peace singing, ‘O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree’, when you should be singing, ‘Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear his voice,’ etc. You see God put in you a need for spiritual things that count, matter, are pleasing, satisfying, and that will outlast time itself. Christmas trees die when the holidays are over along with many that commit suicide.
Christmas is about the joyous event of the 1st coming of Christ which is a happy time, not a miserable time. Unfortunately commercialism has made Christmas a miserable time for many, not a happy time.
This year protect yourself from this kind of misery and do something that will last forever instead of serving frivolous pursuits.
Serve the Lord with gladness... this will work. The other won’t.
Remember when you please God, you will be pleased with yourself and will be happy whether it is the holiday season or not.