Isaiah 49:13 Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.
People express joy in distinct ways: some expressions involve tears, some laughter, and some simple words of praise; yet, each expression of joy stems from the goodness of God. With all these variations, the Bible repeats a few expressions in conjunction with people having joy. Several times we are told that the people of God rejoiced with great joy (1 Kings 1:40; Nehemiah 12:43). This joy on the part of the people of God generally manifested itself as a vocal expression of praise. Additionally, the Bible also connects joy with music, like the noise of a harp (Isaiah 24:8) and singing (Psalm 95:1-2). Though the Bible conveys various types of expressions, true joy cannot be hidden.
· (For children): Most children who have gone to church really like the song “Jesus Loves Me.” Think about how different this song would be if everyone singing had a sad face or a sad voice. Would this reflect the true joy that should be in their heart? When your heart is glad, your face will show it and your voice will reveal it.
· (For everyone): Do you frequently have a song in your heart? Do you find yourself humming, whistling or singing some song of praise to God? If so, this generally reflects a person with joy in the Lord.
· The things that come out of your mouth tell a great deal about what is going on in your heart (Matthew 12:34). What types of things seem to frequently proceed out of your mouth?
· Ask the Lord to fill your heart with a song of joy.
· Ask God to help you take note of the things that come from your mouth.
Song: In My Heart There Rings a Melody