As I write this, Awolnation is softy playing in the background. Maybe you love them. Maybe you hate them. Maybe you’ve never heard of them. But this album is my current obsession and I’m not afraid to admit it.
Pretty much every one of their songs does the same thing to me. It doesn’t matter where I am or what’s going on. I can be stuck in the middle of traffic or sitting quietly soaking in a sun beam. I can be happy, sad, frustrated, bored or angry. But as soon as one of their songs come on…
I make a complete fool of myself, even if it’s only for three and a half minutes.
Too often we treat joy like this unobtainable high that’s within our grasp but we can never reach. We let people and situations and problems get us down. One conversation can leave us devastated. One decision sends our whole day into a downward spiral. One bit of bad news breaks us and we feel like we can never be whole again.
But joy isn’t always a slow climb out of a dark pit. It isn’t always a matter of praying and waiting and waiting…and waiting.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in Him.’” – Lamentations 3:22-24
Doesn’t that reverberate in your soul the way that one song that you like so much does?
This was written by the prophet Jeremiah during a very dark time in his life. His country was destroyed, left in shattered pieces. His friends and family were gone. All around him were constant reminders of the tragedy that had torn his life apart. Lamentations is exactly that – a book of lament and sorrow.
And yet…joy! Celebration! Smiles! Comfort!
Jesus is always there, wanting to zap us with a mega dose of joy that can lift us up no matter what is going on. How? It’s Him! It’s the joy of knowing who He is, what He’s done, how totally in charge He is, how good He is, and how much He loves us.
That news right there lifts my spirits more than any song every can.
It makes me smile.
And make a complete fool of myself.
Question: Does Jesus lift up your spirits the way that one song you love always does? What verses can you put around your room, car, school stuff, etc. that will serve as a reminder of the joy that He brings? How can reflecting on who He is change the way your heart feels in low moments?