By Quin Hillyer at PJ Media;

Last week, this column ended by celebrating the Lord’s joy:

We should accept the gift of God’s creation with great gratitude, and, yes, with the hope and indeed the full knowledge, through faith in God’s grace, that “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” Smile, and be glad, and rejoice.

This week’s readings from the Revised Common Lectionary continue the theme:

O sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.
Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day….
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it. Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
before the LORD; for he is coming, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with his truth.

But this time, in the other readings for the day, the joy is placed in a different context.

Bruce Springsteen plays harmonica and guitar during his set for The Concert for Valor in Washington, D.C. Nov. 11, 2014. DoD News photo by EJ Hersom

Bruce Springsteen plays harmonica and guitar during his set for The Concert for Valor in Washington, D.C. Nov. 11, 2014. DoD News photo by EJ Hersom

The joy comes not merely because God is good and wonderful; the joy comes because we show faith in God. Without our faith, we do not experience the joy…..

Please read the rest of the column, including how Bruce Springsteen fits in, at this link.

 

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