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1 Shout triumphantly to the LORD, all the earth!
2 Serve the LORD with celebration!
Come before him with shouts of joy!
15 So be careful to live your life wisely, not foolishly. 16 Take advantage of every opportunity because these are evil times. 17 Because of this, don’t be ignorant, but understand the Lord’s will. 18 Don’t get drunk on wine, which produces depravity. Instead, be filled with the Spirit in the following ways: 19 speak to each other with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs; sing and make music to the Lord in your hearts; 20 always give thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In worship this week, we lit the Advent candle of joy. If you’ve watched Elf, one unforgettable line was Buddy quoting the “Code of Elves”: “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” * Buddy was neither foolish nor original in that. Israel’s psalmists and the Christian apostles said it was important to make our praise to God audible in words and music. Scholar John Goldingay wrote, “The Bible… often assumes that proper acclamation of God requires noise.” **
Lord Jesus, I offer all glory, praise, and honor to you today. Make of my life a song of love to you. Amen.
Our verse today says, “Be careful to live your life wisely, not foolishly,” that we should “take advantage of every opportunity.” What does this wisdom look like exactly? It’s interesting when watching Elf–at first Buddy seems to be the foolish one. He is loud, playful, and definitely not following normal social rules. In contrast, Buddy’s dad, Walter, is very serious and stern, always focused on business. Yet, it is Buddy, not Walter who is showing wisdom in this movie! Walter is focused on all the wrong things, obsessed and swallowed up by greed and worldly desires. Buddy is awestruck by the wonders of the world and people around him. Buddy spends all of his time creating joy wherever he goes. He loves everyone around him. This is true wisdom! The wisdom of God often seems like foolishness to others, until people experience it firsthand!
I got to see and experience this joy myself at church this weekend! At Resurrection West, they handed out drumsticks to everyone in the audience for Little Drummer Boy and all the kids were invited up to bang on drums and sing to God. Kids just do joy better than adults! The kids were dancing and singing and you could not help but smile and join in! It was such a great picture of what is described in these verses. We all sang, laughed, and shouted with joy! This is a picture of God’s will for our lives.
When is the last time you shouted with joy? When was the last time you danced like crazy? God invites us in this verse to seize every opportunity to spread love and joy. “Sing and make music,” it says! This is the wisdom that God talks about. We need to be more like Buddy the Elf and embrace our childhood hearts! Let’s spend this Christmas, not focused on the troubles and struggles of our world, but let’s be awestruck at the wonders and joys around us!
** John Goldingay, Psalms for Everyone, 2: Psalms 73–150. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2013, p. 89.