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October 17, 1992

Party Time

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Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. . . . Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. PSALM 100:1, 4-5
Psalm 100—all five verses of it—is an unabashed testimony that a relationship with God deserves a party. It’s short, it’s intense, and it’s an awful lot of fun.
As believers we have lots of responsibilities and commitments. We’re concerned with following God’s law and knowing His Word. We have to remember that He can see and hear everything we do. We’re focused on keeping an undivided heart. We understand that discipline is part of the equation in the Christian life.
We take none of this lightly. But there comes a time when our relationships with Jesus overwhelm us with so much gladness that all we can do is “shout for joy to the LORD” (Psalm 100:1). It’s not work time, it’s not accountability time, it’s not discipline time—it’s party time! It’s time to acknowledge that God is good and His love endures forever (v. 5). It’s time to revel in Who God is and what He does for us— including all those things that we take for granted or don’t even realize He’s doing on a daily basis.
We might think such parties can only be had at church or maybe late at night as we gaze up at the stars. But you can schedule one at work anytime! You might have to leave the bells and whistles at home—you wouldn’t want to distract the people around you too much—but there’s no law against having your own private party in your heart.
Your face will be full of joy, your words will be bright and cheerful, and your actions will be loving and kind. Your coworkers might think you’ve gone crazy, or they might be so intrigued that they ask you what’s going on. And then you have an open invitation to tell them—and to invite them to join the party.

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