Devotion: Trust, Rejoice, Sing

lesley-gore-its-my-party-6In 1963 the number one hit song on the radio was It’s My Party, by Lesley Gore.  In the song, a teenage girl is having a party, but it turns out to be a pity party over her boyfriend Johnny who just left with another girl, Judy.  Johnny and Judy return and Judy is wearing his ring!  The original girlfriend sings,

It’s my party, and I’ll cry if I want to
Cry if I want to, cry if I want to
You would cry too if it happened to you.

What a sad party!

Have you ever had a pity party over sin? Life is not fun anymore; there is no song in your heart. You sit, moping, and guilt-ridden over the way you acted or something you did? You are not alone, beloved. King David in Psalm 13 suffered the same way.

When sin reigns in our lives, our first reaction may be to believe God has abandoned us. David said,

How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? 

How long will you hide your face from me?

Sound familiar? How could God accept me now? We wallow in our guilt and misery, just like the king. We turn inward.

How long must I take counsel in my soul

and have sorrow in my heart all the day? 

How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

Dismal and joyless stuff. David continues by showing us what to do in those dark times. He goes to YHWH and asks for help.

Consider and answer me, O LORD my God;

light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,

lest my enemy says, “I have prevailed over him.”

lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.

The remedy for our misery is to go to God, talk to him, lay out our fears, our pain, our thoughts of the future. When David did that, three things happened that changed him.

First, he trusted.

But I have trusted in your steadfast love;

We have to trust God.  It turns out God never forgot David. His love was always steadfast. David’s feelings were false. God told us I will never leave you or forsake you. Do you believe Him? He has said, Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest. Have you done that? David did.

Second, he rejoiced.

my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.

No matter what sin in your life, God saves.  He saves us physically; God is not willing that any should perish. He saves us spiritually; Whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  Because God is steadfast, we can rejoice in both His temporal and eternal salvation.

Third, he sang.

I will sing to the LORD,

You might voice a quick prayer to God during tough times, but when was the last time you sang to Him?  Not metaphorically, but really sing? But I don’t have a good voice! Make a joyful noise unto the LORD. Find a place to sing to the LORD (even if it is in the shower!).

I will sing of my Redeemer, and His wondrous love for me.  On the cruel cross he suffered, from the curse to set me free. Sing, O sing of my Redeemer! With his blood he purchased me; on the cross He sealed my pardon, paid the debt, and made me free.

What was David’s conclusion after he trusted, rejoiced, and sang?

Faith.

because he has dealt bountifully with me.

He believed God.  God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus. Do you believe in the bountiful acts of the LORD in your life?  You can. No more pity parties for you and me.  You can cry if you want to, but it is time, by faith to trust, rejoice, and sing.

 

Copyright © 2018 Roger L. Feenstra
It’s My Party lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
I Will Sing of My Redeemer.  P.P. Bliss, 1876. Public Domain

 

Author: pastor roger

Pastor Roger is retired Executive Director of Hope Now For Youth. Hope Now is a Christian rescue organization. The ministry helps young gang members get out of the gang life and into a job. He is a licensed pastor in Hope Now Bible Church where he preaches on various Sundays throughout the year and leads an adult Bible study during the week. He serves on the Board of Directors and assists the new executive director as the organization’s Director of Communications and Director of Cambodia Ministries. He graduated with High Honors from Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies. He attended Riverside Community College, Biola College (University), and he received his certificate in Strategic Planning and Management in Retailing from Babson College. Roger was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard in the early 70s. In 1980 he began a 24-year career with Berean Christian Stores (now Lifeway Christian Stores). In 2000 he became president of the company and served in that position for four years. He became Executive Director and CEO of Hope Now For Youth in 2004 and retired from that position in 2018. He has traveled to Antarctica, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, South Pacific Islands, Cambodia, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Jordan and Israel. In 1975 he married Carol and has two married daughters and eight grandchildren (Six grandsons and two granddaughters). He believes in the U.S. Constitution and supports all efforts to defend it. Roger enjoys learning how to be a better writer, coffee (not tea) reading, playing golf, watching (soon to be World Champions Dodgers) baseball, and hanging out with his grandkids.

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