‘Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.’ Psalm 100.2
Who is this verse addressing? Presumably it is not those who feel full of peace, happiness and well-being as they would hardly need instructing to worship with gladness and joy! Perhaps the people the psalmist is really addressing are those who feel very little in the way of gladness and who would rather sing a dirge than a song of joy!
Obedience becomes much harder when we are called to do something we really don’t feel like doing – and joyful worship is often like this! At such times, God gives us a gift – joyful songs. When you feel less than joyful, choose a joyful song and sing it to yourself, not as a slow dirge but instead allow it to impact you. Catch what it says, recognise the truths that have inspired the song and let them touch your heart.
Try it now! Call to mind a song or hymn of joy and let it move you from where you are to where God wants you to be.