Psalm 126:2 (ESV)
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
Kids and laughter tend to go hand-in-hand. In fact, author Mignon McLaughlin said, "Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun." We love to hear about the funny things kids say. Like the time when Will, age 4, was asked, “What is your doctor’s name?” He replied, “Dr. Appointment.” Makes sense, doesn’t it?
We think the world needs more joy and laughter! In fact, you may have heard the phrase, “the joy of the Lord is our strength.” That phrase comes from Nehemiah 8:10. Do you remember the context of that verse? God’s people had returned from exile in Babylon and they gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate with a big feast. Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks…This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” No longer in exile, the people were delirious with joy!
Many scholars believe that Psalm 126:2, the verse we read today, was written about this return from exile. The people’s mouths were filled with laughter and their tongues sang for joy. This revival was so apparent that the unbelieving nations declared that “the Lord has done great things for them!”
The same is true today! Joy and laughter are contagious and those around us notice our countenance. We can share the “joy of the Lord” when we know God, abide in Him, and are filled with His Spirit. Jesus wasn’t a glum person. He is described as a groom enjoying a wedding feast! We can follow His example and let our joy shine!
Dear Lord, we thank You for the joy in our life. Give us the opportunity to share it with someone today. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
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