“ ‘…Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope…’ ”
Acts 2:26 (NIV)
We have a dog. She is now four years old and is full of energy, surprise and mischief.
I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t really want a dog but acknowledged the democratic, family vote. When they are puppies, as I’m sure you are aware, they are adorable and, for many, irresistible. It is a joy to watch as they wag their tails with excitement when they see you.
What’s new? Not new but more noticeable and pronounced is the body wag (I think I may have coined a phrase here). As we know dogs wag their tails when they’re happy to see you. Well, the body wag is an extreme version of this. In fact she gets so excited and pleased that not only does the tail wag, but all of the lower body engages in a wagging movement. It is difficult not to smile and be encouraged by this canine show of spontaneous excitement in her greeting.
I’m sure God has His mighty hand in this wonderful show of creation and the warm greeting! Who in life shows such excitement to see us in adulthood? Let’s face it, we are fortunate if we have a few people who love us in this physical life. This brings me to the main point: our God rejoices over us: “The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17). The Hebrew phrase translated “he will rejoice over you with singing” can also be translated literally as “he rejoices over you with a shout of joy.”
There is waiting for us a great and special greeting from Jesus. He will say, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ (Matthew 25:23). Our little dog may greet us with a body wag but, come the resurrection, the Lord will greet us with a new body and a glorious new creation (2 Corinthians 5:1-5). Now that is a cause for much rejoicing.
Your awesome creation is expressed and found in so many different ways and places. Heavenly Father, let us rejoice in you and realise that you rejoice in us more than we can know. In Jesus’s name. Amen.
Study by Kevin Harris
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Kevin Harris attends the Watford congregation of Grace Communion International.
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