.When Josiah rediscovered the Passover in the Book of the Covenant, he ordered everyone to observe the ceremonies exactly as prescribed. This Passover celebration was to have been a yearly holiday celebrated in remembrance of the entire nation’s deliverance from slavery in Egypt (Exodus 12), but it had not been kept for many years. It is a common misconception that God is against celebration, wanting to take all the fun out of life. In reality, God wants to give us life in its fullness (John 10:10), and those who love him have the most to celebrate.
HERE IS CELEBRATION IN HEAVEN.Palestinian women received ten silver coins as a wedding gift. Besides their monetary value, these coins held sentimental value like that of a wedding ring, and to lose one would be extremely distressing. Just as a woman would rejoice at finding her lost coin or ring, so the angels would rejoice over a repentant sinner. Each individual is precious to God. He grieves over every loss and rejoices whenever one of his children is found and brought into the kingdom. Perhaps we would have more joy in our churches if we shared Jesus’ love and concern for the lost.
GOD’S WORD ON CELEBRATION
When we think of celebration we usually think of enjoying ourselves, of having a great time with others. We celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, victories, promotions, awards, special milestones, the birth of a new baby. But we also celebrate occasions such as the Lord’s Supper, the anniversary of the death of a loved one, and other solemn events. What makes celebration unique is that we take time out from the ordinary to honor and to observe something that is notable, something that is special, something important to us all. Whether we are leaping in joy before the Lord, as King David did (see 2 Samuel 6:14), or solemnly listening to God’s Word at the Lord’s Supper (see Luke 22:17-19), we pause to remember, to honor, to worship, and to praise. And the end result of all celebration should be joy, the joy that comes from a full and grateful heart. God gives us the ultimate reason to celebrate because he has rescued us from the consequences of sin and shown us the wonders of eternity. Those who love him truly have the most to celebrate!
WHAT CAUSES GOD TO CELEBRATE?
Ezekiel 35:15 . . . You rejoiced at the desolation of Israel’s inheritance. Now I will rejoice at yours! You will be wiped out, you people of Mount Seir and all who live in Edom! Then you will know that I am the Lord!Luke 15:10 . . . In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.Matthew 25:23 . . . The master said, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!”God celebrates the defeat of sin and evil, the salvation of the lost, and the daily joys and successes of his people.
HOW CAN I INCORPORATE CELEBRATION IN MY WORSHIP?
Psalm 150:4-6 . . . Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals. Let everything that lives sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord!1 Chronicles 13:8 . . . David and all Israel were celebrating before God with all their might, singing and playing all kinds of musical instruments-lyres, harps, tambourines, cymbals, and trumpets.
Celebration in worship can take on many forms, but the point is that part of our worship experience should be celebrating the God we worship and all he has done for us.