Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Day # 17 : Hands High { HeArT to hEaRt }

Day 17: Hands High

{ Love, rejoices in truth }
1 Corinthians 13: 6

Has anyone ever rejoiced over you? True, heart felt rejoicing that brings hands up high into the air, accompanied by a loud joyful noise! There is close to nothing like it! To be rejoiced over, seems to almost cover a person in a coat of joy. The spirit in each of us seems to gleem when we are part of or a recipient of ReJoiCiNg.

I'm into rejoicing. As a baseball coach, on and off the field, I am often a loud rejoicer! I like to see little dudes get the sport of baseball, right.  I inherited the trait of being a verbal-rejoicer, from my mother. She is a sweet, polite woman who easily outdid any other mom as she rejoiced from the bleachers at the ball field. She was well marked in many memories as the loudest mom at the field. At times, with her hands high, when her children or their team did well, she rejoiced!!... loudly.

When my own son caught his first fly ball in a game, my soul could not contain the joy and the entire town likely heard! There are also quiet rejoices, that accompany an overflowing heart by eyes of delight and a solemn smile.  I rejoiced in this way when he dared to face a huge roller coaster and overcame his fear!

Life is full of reasons to rejoice. True rejoicing comes after good things happen. God says love rejoices in truth.  What brings your hands high and your soul to an outpouring of "yay!" ? Each soul is drawn to being part of joy because we are made in the image of our Maker, who rejoices.

We would be inaccurate to dull our depiction of God by placing Him on the Throne, with a dominating demeanor and a scowl for those who laugh aloud! God is the God of great things and great things call for rejoicing!

He rejoices.
But the news gets better! ...
He rejoices over you.

Here's the proof:

The word "Rejoice" occurs at least 83 times in God's Word. Get a taste of some of what He has to say...

{ But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.}
Psalms 68:3

 { ... the LORD shall rejoice in his works.}
Psalms 104:31

That's proof found in the pudding! When you get something right that He's been encouraging you to learn. When you accomplish something He set before you to do in service.  Or when you are simply in the midst of soaking up one of His surprises.  He rejoices over you!

Next time you feel a warm coat of joy, remember that heaven may be the source of your covering.
And next time you do what pleases your Heavenly Father...

Listen closely; He may be the loudest One on the bleachers, with hands high!

... for the LORD will again rejoice over you for good... {Deuteronomy 30:9}

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