Your “happiness” is not God’s first concern, rather it’s your holiness! In fact, the “happiness” we crave is often like the yum-yums the White Witch offered Edmund in Narnia, only an illusion.
2 Samuel 13 & 14:
God had told David in 2 Samuel 2.11 that, “‘Behold, I will raise up adversity against you from your own house …”
And so it begins.
David’s sins were adultery and murder. Now his son Ammon has raped his own half-sister and Absalom has murdered Ammon. We think we can sin in secret and our sins don’t affect anyone but us, but we never sin in isolation. First, we set in motion the laws of sowing and reaping, and second, we are discipling our children and others by our lives and behavior. Children, in particular, are much more likely to do what we “do” than what we “say.”
Shouting, singing, and saying
The mode and means of worship are as varied as the personalities, emotions, and circumstances of the worshipers. Here the psalmist instructs us to “shout to the Lord,” to “sing out,” and to “say to God.” All are biblical forms of worship when offered from the heart. In other places we are instructed to “clap,” to “bow down,” and to “make a joyful noise.” God is pleased by our exuberant, as well as, our quiet worship. Continue reading