Strike up the band and let the music begin. It’s time for a joyful celebration. This is what God wants to hear:
“A song to our strong God!
a shout to the God of Jacob!
Anthems from the choir
music from the band,
sweet sounds from lute and harp,
Trumpets and trombones and horns…”TM
God explains why we should sing joyful songs to Him:
“I took the world off your shoulders,
freed you from a life of hard labor.
You called to me in your pain;
I got you out of a bad place.
I answered you from where the thunder hides..”TM
But, no! The people would rather watch TV and go to movies, play golf, or do anything else but worship him. God told His people what he wanted them to do, “But my people didn’t listen…. So I let go of the reins and told them, ‘Run! Do it your own way!’”TM Of course, that left their lives empty and meaningless. They were lost without God. Living life your own way only ends up with nothing! But, God has a wonderful plan for your life all laid out for you in His Word. “Oh, dear people, will you listen to me now? … will you follow my map?”TM