Be glad, O children of Zion,
and rejoice in the Lord your God. – Joel 2:23
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has visited and redeemed his people
and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David. – Luke 1:68-69
Prior to November 2016, I was unaware that there was a Cubs song. But when the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, I learned that there is indeed such a song, and it was sung loud and proud by the happy fans when the Cubs won.
There are times when we simply must sing. Whether it’s the Christmas carols during this season, the hymns of victory and life at Easter, or the celebration of a birthday: sometimes you just have to sing.
God delights in our songs of praise. He calls us to rejoice as we recognize his hand of blessing and heart of favor toward us. When he does act people respond with songs of praise. These songs, furthermore, express truths about God’s nature, character, and work in our lives.
God calls his people to be glad and rejoice in him – even in the face of judgment and trouble that was coming to the people of Joel’s day. When John the Baptizer was born, Zechariah expressed his praise to God because he saw that God was acting to redeem and save his people. When God acts, his people praise him. Whether that is pleasant or not, knowing God’s true nature and character allows us to honor him with songs of praise.