You and I are used to worshipping God, but when is the last time you celebrated Him?
Celebrate means to:
I love the Message translation of Philippians 4:4
Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in Him!
Everything about God is worth celebrating . . . who He is, what He’s done and continues to do, and how He keeps His promises. (He always has and He always will.)
A perfect example of God being true to His word is Jesus’ fulfillment of Old Testament Prophecy. 354 prophecies—each fulfilled in the life of Jesus. You can read the whole list here.
For now, the following are some of my favorites:
Then Isaiah said, “Listen well, you royal family of David! Isn’t it enough to exhaust human patience? Must you exhaust the patience of my God as well? All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’). Isaiah 7:13–14 – fulfilled in Luke 1
For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And He will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His government and its peace
will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne
of His ancestor David for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies
will make this happen!
fulfilled in multiple New Testament chapters and verses
When He sees all that is accomplished by His anguish, He will be satisfied. And because of His experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for He will bear all their sins. Isaiah 53:11 – fulfilled in John 12
God promised a Savior immediately after the first sin.
The Lord God said to the snake, “Because you did this, a curse will be put on you. You will be cursed as no other animal, tame or wild, will ever be. You will crawl on your stomach, and you will eat dust all the days of your life. I will make you and the woman enemies to each other. Your descendants and her descendants will be enemies. One of her descendants will crush your head, and you will bite His heel.” Genesis 3:14–15
Salvation is found in no one else [Jesus], for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Acts 4:11–12
God’s promises from the beginning were planned, given, and fulfilled in Jesus. Reason to celebrate. Not just on Christmas and Easter, but every moment of every day.
So let me ask you again.
When is the last time you celebrated God? Who He is? What He’s done? What you know He will do in the future?
Are you observing and remembering? Proclaiming and praising?
Ways to Celebrate God Everyday
Turn up the music – sing loud and dance with joy . . . praising God just because you can.
Keep a blessing journal – write down what God is doing in your life.
Observe blessing anniversaries – mark your calendar and celebrate anniversaries of God’s activity. (Rev and I count bonus days since God saved His life 7 years ago.)
Create a quiet corner – set up a quiet space in your home where you can be away from noise and technology. A place to pray, read, and fellowship with God.
Invite God to every gathering – set a place, begin with prayer, and make Him known. Celebrate Him by allowing friends and family know He is a welcome and present at everything.
Smile – admit it, you know believers who go around grumpy and complaining. Don’t be like them. Smile. Be welcoming and inviting. Be ready to tell people why you’re happy. Paul said, “Always be ready to tell everyone who asks you why you believe as you do.” 1 Peter 3:15
Yesterday I encouraged you to celebrate the little things. Today . . . stop and remember that every little thing is a gift from God. Answered prayer, moments of protection, milestones, etc. Everything blessing is a reason to celebrate God.
All you honest hearts, raise the roof!
How do you and your family celebrate God?