Ps 98:4 Shout to the Lord, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy!

            Sometimes we need to let go and let God work. This Psalm was written to rock worshipers out of their seats and onto their feet to praise the one true God. I believe God wants us to get excited about his intervention in our lives and break out in praise, worship and gratitude to the creator of all things.

            Obviously, Isaac Watts (1674-1748) felt the same way as he used this verse to write our beloved Christmas carol “Joy to the World.” Bursting forth in expectant praise of Jesus’ birth fills us with joy. When that joy erupts in anticipation of his expected return it is heart-changing.

 Changed hearts start with changed minds. When we fill our minds with the goodness and love of God, it shows our commitment to a relationship with God who guides us and keeps us under his grace. That is plenty to rejoice about.

            When we allow our hearts to fill and overflow in worship, we then erupt in song or prayer that transcends earthly boundaries and brings us even closer to God. At this point we break out of our earthly confines and are truly free. What a feeling. There is no other feeling like it on earth. This only comes from a mind and heart totally committed to a relationship with God. I can only imagine that when we arrive before God for our heavenly reward, the angelic choir will already be in a break out performance.

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